‘Ab­sence of leg­isla­tive pro­hi­bi­tions, sanc­tions bane of Nige­rian var­si­ties’

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The for­mer Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Ah­madu Bello Uni­ver­sity, (ABU) Pro­fes­sor Iya Abubakar, has said that ab­sence of leg­isla­tive pro­hi­bi­tions and sanc­tions against es­tab­lish­ment and run­ning of un­ap­proved de­gree pro­grammes, il­le­gal satel­lite cam­puses, un­ap­proved af­fil­i­a­tions are bane of Nige­ria’s uni­ver­sity sys­tem.

Prof Abubakar, who spoke yes­ter­day at the Ah­madu Bello Uni­ver­sity (ABU) Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual pub­lic lec­ture with the theme: “The Rel­e­vance of Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion in Con­tem­po­rary Nige­ria,” said the is­sues men­tioned must be ad­dressed.

This is even as he said the Act es­tab­lish­ing the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion (NUC) needs to be amended.

He said the ex­tant pro­vi­sions of the Ed­u­ca­tion Act only em­pow­ers NUC and its sis­ter reg­u­la­tory agen­cies to close down il­le­gal in­sti­tu­tions with­out pro­vi­sion of sanc­tions for their op­er­a­tors and pro­mot­ers.

He said in or­der to prop­erly align the ten­ure of of­fice of the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the com­mis­sion with that of Vice Chan­cel­lors of fed­eral uni­ver­si­ties, the NUC Act should be amended to re­duce the term of the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary from mul­ti­ple tenures to a sin­gle term of five years.

Pro­fes­sor Iya also noted other chal­lenges to in­clude the men­ace of ‘sort­ing’ in uni­ver­si­ties, no clear set mech­a­nism for eval­u­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion as well as weak han­dling of ex­am­i­na­tion mis­con­duct, among oth­ers.

He fur­ther called for the es­tab­lish­ment of a fed­eral min­istry for higher ed­u­ca­tion to re­duce the bu­reau­cracy in the present Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The don urged the alumni to pur­sue with vigor the laud­able pro­grammes and projects cur­rently be­ing ex­e­cuted as their timely com­ple­tion would as­sist greatly in ad­vanc­ing learn­ing, teach­ing and re­search in ABU.

In his re­marks, the Prochan­cel­lor and chair­man of ABU Gov­ern­ing Board, Mal­lam Adamu Fika, said the theme is ap­pro­pri­ate at this time when the for­mer stu­dents need to come to the res­cue of their alma mater.

He said: “If we re­solve to recre­ate ABU and take it back to in­ter­na­tional stan­dard, we must im­bibe the in­ter­na­tional cul­ture of hav­ing vi­brant alumni.”

Also speak­ing, the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Audu Ogbe, com­mended the as­so­ci­a­tion, say­ing they need to do more than they are do­ing to as­sist in run­ning the uni­ver­sity as done in de­vel­oped coun­tries.

Abubakar Yakubu

Pres­i­dent Ah­madu Bello Uni­ver­sity’s Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, Prof. Ahmed Ti­j­jani Mora (2nd left) is be­ing as­sisted by Princess Hen­ri­etta Ingo Ogan and Prof. Fun­mi­layo Braide to present a plaque to the Guest Lec­turer, Prof. Iya Abubakar (2nd right), dur­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 2018 An­nual Pub­lic Lec­ture in Abuja yes­ter­day Photo:

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