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FG reconstitutes governing councils of 111 federal tertiary institutions

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The Federal Government has announced the reconstitution of the Governing Councils and Boards for 111 federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education.

This move follows initial opposition and allegations of bias from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders.

In a statement released on Friday, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) confirmed the updated list of council members. The revision was necessary after the previous list faced significant backlash, leading to its withdrawal for review.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the reconstitution of the governing councils and boards of federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education for the effective management of Nigerian tertiary institutions across the country,” the statement read.

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Key appointments include:

  • Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun State and pioneer chairman of the All Progressives Congress, as chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State.
  • Wole Olanipekun, a renowned lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, appointed to head the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
  • Isa Yuguda, former Governor of Bauchi State, appointed to the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
  • Yayale Ahmed, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, appointed to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU).
  • Joy Emordi, appointed to chair the council of the Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri, Imo State.

The revised list includes five members each for 51 universities, 35 polytechnics, and 22 colleges of education, ensuring a comprehensive and representative governance structure for these institutions.

This reconstitution aims to address previous concerns and enhance the management and governance of Nigeria’s tertiary institutions, fostering better educational outcomes and institutional development across the nation.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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