The newly-appointed Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Abdulrasheed, has cautioned vice chancellors against parading themselves as chief executive officers.
Prof. Abdulrasheed, who took over as the executive secretary of the nation’s university education regulatory commission yesterday in Abuja, said some vice-chancellors had been addressing themselves as chief executive officers, a nomenclature, he said, does not apply to the university system.
“This is one of the crises in the university system. We don’t have chief executive in the university system. Some vice-chancellors address themselves as chief executive officers but they are not”, said NUC boss who was Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano.
The executive secretary, who promised to continue with the policies set by his predecessor, Prof. Julius Okojie, said he would do his best.
He, however, called for support from all employees of the commission towards achieving a success, noting that “he cannot do it alone.”
In another development, the immediate past Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, has supported the Federal Government’s decision to scrap post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), saying the action was in the best interest of students.
“The post-UTME can come in different manners”, he said. “It can be through interview, it can be through screening. But in all, Senate (university’s Senate) reserves the authority, the autonomy of the Senate is always there, they can decide when to admit, how to admit and who to admit.
“What government is saying is that there shouldn’t be too much divergence to the extent that we are swindling the students. Ordinarily, we should leave the universities to handle their issues.”
Okojie also justified the appointment of the Acting Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, which generated a lot of controversies resulting in two months strike by workers.
He said the NUC asked the Senate to act on the issue because they had the autonomy to do so.
“One of the major challenges I faced at the NUC was the appointment of the vice chancellor of OAU, Ile-Ife. When it came, I had to use my God-given wisdom and knowledge of the system to resolve the issue.”
Okojie attributed his achievements at the NUC to team-work, saying: “I worked with many people and it cannot only be my own legacy. Our legacy is that we have left the university system better than we met it.”
Meanwhile, the newly-appointed Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, yesterday assumed office.
Speaking while meeting with the management employees, he said he was mandated to end impunity in the system.