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Buhari deeply concerned over the low ranking of Nigerian universities

Buhari deeply concerned over the low ranking of Nigerian universities

Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is deeply concerned over the low ranking of Nigerian universities globally.

No single Nigerian university was among the 100 world ranking released recently.

Dr. Baffa spoke in Abuja when he resumed at the headquarters of TETFUND.

He noted that Buhari’s clear directive was for him to work with relevant stakeholders towards ensuring that Nigerian universities ranked among the best 100 universities in the world.

He stated that Buhari has directed him to close the ranks in ensuring that Nigerian universities become globally competitive.

This, he said, cannot be achieved if the culture of impunity that pervaded most of the agencies in the education sector in the past was allowed to continue.

He therefore assured Nigerians that the lost glory of the nation’s universities would be restored under his watch.

He warned the Vice Chancellors and heads of beneficiary tertiary institutions that the “era of everything goes was over.”

He urged all the heads of beneficiary institutions to ensure judicious utilisation of the intervention funds allocated to them.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, has described as vain the assumption and air with which many Vice Chancellors of universities carried themselves as though they are Chief Executive Officers.

Speaking when he assumed duty as NUC boss, Rasheed said it was wrong that many Vice Chancellors thought that they were CEOs.

“They are not Chief Executive Officers,” he said.

According to him, university administration requires team work, stressing that everyone in the system has a role to play from the driver to the VC.

Rasheed, a former Vice Chancellor, Bayero University Kano, said he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, with specific mandate to ensure that Nigerian universities were restored to their lost glory by working with relevant stakeholders.

He pledged to give priority attention to the welfare of staff of the commission by ensuring that the workers get their salaries, promotion and due allowances as at when due.

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