BREAKING: Tinubu Appoints Governing Board Members For 111 Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges

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An advertorial by the Education Ministry, signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack, showed the appointment of a chairperson and four members for each of the institutions.

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointments of new members of Governing Boards of 111 Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

Following his assent to a list of nominees selected by the Federal Ministry of Education, President Tinubu gave approval for the appointments of no fewer than 555 persons to serve as Pro-chancellors/Chairmen and members of governing boards of the 111 tertiary institutions across the country. 

An advertorial by the Education Ministry, signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack, showed the appointment of a chairperson and four members for each of the institutions.

Walson-Jack stated in the advertorial that “The inauguration and retreat for the Governing Councils will take place on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2024, at the National Universities Commission, 26 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja. Both events will commence at 9:00am daily.”

Confirming the list, PUNCH quoted President Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, as saying that “This is from the Federal Ministry of Education, they make the nominations and forward them to the President to sign. But they are at liberty to release it from their end.” 

The list which comprises technocrats, politicians and traditional rulers is made up of 50 federal universities, 37 polytechnics and 24 colleges of education.

According to the list, while a former Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma was appointed as the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Bayero University, Kano, Kano State, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Wole Olanipekun was named as Pro-Chancellor/Chairman, University of Lagos (UNILAG), even as a former Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda leads the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Also, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yusuf Ali, was named as the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, a former Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor Emeritus Peter Okebukola as well as Dr. Abiodun Layonu head the University of Port Harcourt and University of Benin Governing Councils respectively.

Similarly, chairmen of boards of polytechnics include: HRH Arc. Ezeogo Ewa Elechi (Federal Polytechnic, Ugep, Cross River State), Salisu Kallamu (Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State), Ekem Okeke (Federal Polytechnic, Orogun, Delta State), Sir Paul C. Chukwuma (Federal Polytechnic Kabo, Kano State), Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi (Federal Polytechnic, Daura, Katsina State), Otunba Tajudeen Abioye (Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State), Prof Erik Omogbai (Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger State) among others.

For colleges of education, the immediate past Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, David Andrew Adejo heads the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos State as Chairman while renowned labour leader, Comrade Isa Aremu pilots affairs as Chairman of the Governing Board of Federal College of Education (Tech), Keana, Nasarawa State. Also in the list is Sen. Binta Masi (Federal College of Education, Iditep, Akwa Ibom State), Prof. Isah Garba (Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Niger State), Sen. Emmanuel Anosike (Federal College of Education, Aha-Amufu, Enugu State) among others.

This came a few days after members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) threatened to embark on a strike.

Media had reported how ASUU on Tuesday had decried the failure of the Nigerian government to appoint governing councils for federal universities, and faulted what it described as the nonchalant attitude of President Tinubu-led Nigerian government to matters about academics in the country’s universities.

Issuing the strike threat during a press briefing at the University of Abuja, ASUU also rejected the Nigerian government’s 35 percent salary increment for professors and the 25 percent salary increment for other academic staff in Nigerian universities.

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