President Muhammad Buhari is expected to announce the reconstitution of governing councils of all federal tertiary institutions in the country. The president made this known in an address delivered during the 26th convocation and 35th anniversary of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.
Similarly, the president disclosed that the boards of all parastatals under the Ministry of Education had been reconstituted. He said the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, “will release details of the reconstituted governing councils “at the appropriate time.”
The president, who was represented at the occasion by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, indicted some specialised universities in the country for failing to operate within the mandate they were given and therefore directed that all Federal Universities of Technology should return to their original mandates immediately, declaring also that from the 2018 academic session, those that failed to comply would not receive funding from the federal government.
“The NUC and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are to meet soon to ensure full compliance,” he said.
President Buhari said the federal government attached great importance to science and technology education as a catalyst for national development, saying the government would continue to give the sector its “fullest support.”