Some prominent Nigerians have been inaugurated as chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Government-owned universities across the country.
Among them are former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, who will chair the Governing Council of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) and renowned diplomat, Ambassador Godknows Igali for the Federal University of Technology, Akure in Ondo State.
Others are ex-Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, who will oversee that of Bayero University, Kano while Chief Ikechi Emenike will chair the Governing Council of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
Also appointed are Dr. Sonny Kuku, University of Benin, Malam Adamu Fika, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Malam Abidu Yazid, University of Ilorin, Prof. Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo for the University of Abuja, Ballama Manu, University of Maiduguri and Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwuka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun in Delta State.
Also appointed are Senator Jack Tilley Gyado, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Njideka Bernedette Nwachukwu, University of Uyo, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (Rtd), University of Calabar and Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu for Modibo Adamawa University.
The rest are Ibrahim Ida, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Peter Okebukola, National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Sulyman Alege Kuranga, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeristy, Awka and Bukar Goni Aji, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while performing the inauguration, accused some state governors of hijacking the appointment of vice chancellors for federal universities and urged the Governing Councils not to allow external influence in the selection process of new VCs of their various institutions.
Adamu said: “The Federal Ministry of Education under me has not in any way interfered with the selection of any vice chancellor and I have not talked to any chairman that I have any candidate.
“Unfortunately, I found out that because of my lack of interest or because I feel I should allow you (Councils) to exercise your right, it is being hijacked by the governors. It is your right; don’t sell it to them. The law stipulates that and we are giving you full independence. Don’t sell it to them”.
Sen. Udoma, who spoke on behalf of other Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of the Governing Councils, assured that they would not disappoint and thanked the government for trusting them with the task.