President Bola Tinubu has suspended take-off of eight of the 14 federal tertiary institutions established by the Muhammadu Buhari administration
Tinubu, however, approved six of the institutions due to their cost and specific requirements in agriculture, education and medicine
The minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday, October 18
FCT, Abuja – President Bola Tinubu has suspended the implementation of eight tertiary institutions established by the administration of former president Muhammadu Buhari.
As reported by the Nigerian Tribune, the eight universities were among the 14 tertiary institutions that were established at the twilight of Buhari’s administration.
Tinubu suspends take-off of 8 universities approved by Buhari
Tinubu suspends implementation of 8 universities approved by Buhari Photo Credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Source: Facebook
The minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, made this known while addressing journalists after a meeting with Tinubu at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday, October 18.
Tinubu approves take-off of 6 universities
Mamman, however, said Tinubu approved a plan to implement only six due to their cost and specific requirements.
He said the two colleges of agriculture, education and medicine each —was strategic to the skills-acquisition needs of the Tinubu-led administration, The Punch reported.
The suspension was due to lack of funds
“So, Mr President has directed we stagger their commencement (their takeoff) whether the government can properly support them.
“Honestly there are very many, probably about a dozen of them, if not more than a dozen or 14. That’s the number and you know tertiary institutions are highly capital intensive, they need a lot of money, especially at that takeoff stage, for infrastructure, staff recruitment and all other needs.”
“So, that’s why the government has not stepped down that approval. Instead, the president in his wisdom said we stagger their implementation on the grounds of funds, essentially.
“We’re starting with about six, two of each; two agric, two colleges of education and then two medicine.”
Tinubu’s FG dissolves governing boards of federal universities
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to the federal government’s decision to dissolve the governing boards in universities across Nigeria.
ASUU decried the move and called on Tinubu’s led government to reverse the decision that they described as an obnoxious one.
The union noted that it is “extremely unpleasant” for the FG to dissolve the councils without completing their tenures of office and without “due recourse to the university laws”.
ASUU drags Tinubu over funding of universities
ASUU kicked against the move by the Tinubu-led federal government to withdraw from funding federal universities in the country.
Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of the union, who sent the warning on Thursday, September 14, while appearing in an interview on Channels Television, said it is illegal for the federal government to stop funding federal institutions……CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>