Leadership (Abuja)

22 February 2013

Nigeria: Rufa'i Warns VCs of New Varsities Against Frivolous Appointments

The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'i, has advised vice chancellors of the three new federal universities to exercise "extreme caution in the appointment of members of staff".

Rufa'i gave the adviceon Friday in Abuja at a meeting with vice chancellors and registrars of the three new universities.

The officials were appointed last week.

The minister said that the sanctity and integrity of the university system should be foremost in deciding who to appoint into any position in the universities.

"These appointments must follow due process and the federal character principle.

"You must prioritise your needs within the available budgetary provisions given you.

"You should note that your appointments are not for self aggrandisement, but a call to service to humanity."

She urged the vice chancellors to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the development of critical facilities for teaching and learning in the universities.

Rufa'i directed them to work with the National Implementation Committee of the 12 new universities for the production of academic briefs, physical master plans and university documents.

In his comments, Prof. Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, pledged the commission's support for the smooth take-off of the new universities.

Okojie advised the vice chancellors to put in their best to meet up with their peers in developing the university education system in the country.

The new vice chancellors are Prof. Shehu Abdul Rahman, Federal University, Gashua,

Yobe; Prof. Lawal Bilbis, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi; and Prof. Ben Okeke, Federal University, Gusau.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Biblis thanked the Federal Government for the confidence reposed in them by the appointments.

He said they were ready to work according to the rules governing the universities and to restore the dignity of the education sector.

Meanwhile, Prof. Isaac Asuzu has been appointed the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, to replace Prof. Chinedu Nebo who was recently named the Minister of Power.

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