JUST IN: Tinubu Orders Review of Tertiary Institutions’ Governing Councils Appointments

  • Tinubu has demanded a review of the list of the governing boards of tertiary institutions in Nigeria
  • This directive was issued due to the lack of federal character in the nominations, and against the backdrop of various criticisms and protests that trailed the appointments
  • The directive was contained in a statement issued by the president’s special adviser on information and strategy, Bayo Onanuga, on Thursday, May 23

TheTalk.NG journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday, May 23, directed a total and comprehensive review of the recently announced governing boards of tertiary institutions before the inauguration and retreat of the nominees.

Tinubu wants a review of tertiary institutions’ governing councils listsTinubu ordered a review of tertiary institutions’ governing councils after wide protest.
Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed TinubuSource: Facebook

Recall that the Ministry of Education had last week released of governing councils for 111 federal tertiary institutions in the country.

As reported by Daily Trust, the list contained the names of technocrats, politicians and traditional rulers for 50 universities, 37 polytechnics, and 24 colleges of education.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Didi Esther Walson-Jack, who released the statement containing the list had stated that inauguration and retreat of the councils would hold on May 30 and 31, 2024.

But in a swift reaction, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), among others rejected the list and demanded a review.

However, in a statement on Thursday, Bayo Onanuga, special adviser to the president on information and strategy, said Tinubu had ordered a review of the list.

The statement reads:

“President Bola Tinubu has directed a total and comprehensive review of the recently announced governing boards of tertiary institutions in Nigeria before the inauguration and retreat being planned for the nominees.”

“President Tinubu is committed to ensuring strict compliance with the principle of federal character as entrenched in the constitution. The review will also take into consideration national spread and ensure every part of the country is adequately represented.”

ASUU urges FG to convert student loan to grant

In another development, TheTalk.NG reported that ASUU reacted to the 50 billion naira budgeted for the student loan scheme by the President Tinubu-led federal government.

ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, urged the federal government to convert the loan into grants for students.

Source: TheTalk.NG


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