Federal Government Inaugurates Governing Councils for Tertiary Institutions, Calls For Proactiveness

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The Federal Government has inaugurated the Governing Councils of tertiary institutions  in a bid to ensure the smooth running of Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education over the next four years.

Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, while inaugurating the Chairmen and members of the councils in Abuja on Thursday, emphasized the importance of their role in setting strategic directions and overseeing financial management.

While congratulating them, he warned against undue meddling in the day-to-day management of human, financial, and material resources, instead encouraging them to focus on promoting excellence and continuous improvement.

He said: “There is a clear line of operations between the Management and respective Governing Councils of the tertiary Institutions, Councils are not to interfere with the day-to-day management of human, financial, and material resources of the Institutions.”

Governing Councils should encourage responsible unionism in their respective Institutions while arresting the problems of cultism and drug abuse by students Effective strategies should be put in place by Councils for early detection and eradication of social wees such as sexual harassment, theft, extortion and inducement,” he said.

The Minister also urged the councils to explore diverse sources of revenue and partner with investors in education.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Education, Dr. Tanko Sununu, stressed the need for compliance with legal frameworks to ensure institutional integrity and accountability.

He said; “Compliance with these legal frameworks ensures that our institutions operate with integrity and accountability. It also helps to safeguard the autonomy of our academic institutions while promoting a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.”

Speaking, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Maiyaki, congratulated the councils and said their doors and windows were open and they would give them 100 percent support to improve the university system.

He pledged the Commission support for the councils in improving the university system.

On his part, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Chief Wole Olanipekun who spoke on behalf of the council’s, urged harmonious relationships between management and councils,

He urged them to be cautious in their dealings with members of the universities while he encouraged Vice Chancellors to give Councils the opportunity to improve the institutions, saying, “We are to build and not to pull down.”

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