FG appoints Attahiru Jega, others to review Nigeria’s university system

  • FG appoints a past executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Peter Okebukola, as part of those to review the university system of Nigeria
  • The NUC describes the recent rating of tertiary institutions allegedly done by it as fake
  • It says it has not rated tertiary institutions in the country for many years

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has been appointed by the federal government as part of those to review the university system of Nigeria.
Also appointed alongside Jega is a past executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof Peter Okebukola, the Punch reports.

The appointments were disclosed by the executive secretary of NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Monday, January 8, shortly after he appeared before the Senate committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND to defend the 2018 budget proposed by the commission.

He said: “The NUC has constituted a high-powered committee of very credible senior academics.

“Most of the members of this small committee are former vice chancellors, former executive secretaries of the NUC and some had held positions like pro-chancellor, chairman of INEC and minister of education.

“We have given them a six-term reference to help us with the re-positioning of Nigeria’s university system.”

The NUC also described the recent rating of tertiary institutions allegedly done by it as fake.

It said it has not rated tertiary institutions in the country for many years.

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