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Universities will soon get new governing councils— Maiyaki

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Maiyaki made this known while reacting to the two-week ultimatum issued by members of Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU) for the government to reconstitute the governing councils earlier dissolved by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu several months ago.

Speaking at a parley with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, Maiyaki revealed that the Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman has put in place a Local Organizing Committee (LOC), which he is a member to work out modalities for a successful inauguration of the Council members.

He said government working thoroughly on the list of nominees to ensure that only the best are engaged to complement the efforts of government in repositioning university education in the country.

While appealing to the leadership of ASUU to be patient with the government during the period, the NUC boss assured Nigerians that the councils would be inaugurated once the list was consummated.

“To reconstitute the councils of 61 universities is not a small feat. Government is working to ensure that people that are qualified and with the right pedigree are put in those councils,” Maiyaki said.

He acknowledged that the absence of governing councils for public universities was slowing down the administration of the universities.

He, however, frowned at those criticizing government for approving new universities, saying the Commission would continue to approve more universities as long as the country is under-subscribed.

“And for this, the current number of 272 Universities in the NUS not sufficient to accommodate the ever-growing demand for university education by Nigerian vouths. Each year, Nigerian Universities receive close two million applications through the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), only a small fraction of them gain admission, therefore, that there is the need for Nigeria to continue to increase access by establishing more universities to meet the demand for quality education in the country, ” he said

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