Presidency Announces Appointment of Governing Councils for 111 Tertiary Institutions


May 18, 2024

In a move aimed at revitalizing the country’s higher education sector, the Presidency has confirmed the appointment of 555 individuals to serve as members of the governing boards of 111 federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education. This development comes after President Bola Tinubu approved a list of nominees selected by the Ministry of Education.

The appointment of governing councils for federal universities has been a long-standing demand of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which had threatened to embark on another strike if the issue was not addressed. The union had decried the failure of the Federal Government to appoint governing councils, which it said was essential for the proper management and governance of the institutions.

With this appointment, the Presidency has demonstrated its commitment to addressing the concerns of the academic community and ensuring the smooth operation of the country’s higher education system. The appointed individuals, who include experienced academics, administrators, and professionals, are expected to bring their expertise and knowledge to bear in the governance of the institutions.

The inauguration and retreat for the chairmen and members of the governing councils are scheduled to take place on May 30th and 31st, 2024, at the National Universities Commission in Abuja. This event will provide an opportunity for the newly appointed council members to familiarize themselves with their roles and responsibilities, as well as to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the higher education sector.

The appointment of governing councils is a significant development in the country’s higher education landscape, and it is expected to have a positive impact on the quality of education and research in the institutions. With the right leadership and governance, the institutions can now focus on their core mandate of producing skilled and knowledgeable graduates who can contribute to the country’s development.

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