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