Tinubu Appoints APC Leaders Akande and Gawuna Appointed to Governing Councils of Universities and Polytechnics

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Following President Bola Tinubu’s directive to review the list of governing councils and boards of federal tertiary institutions, the government released a revised list on Friday night.

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The new appointments include prominent figures from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), such as Adebisi Akande, former National Chairman and ex-Governor of Osun State, and Nasir Gawuna, APC’s Governorship Candidate in Kano State during the 2023 elections.

In the updated list, Adebisi Akande has been appointed as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan, replacing Muhammed Mana. Similarly, Nasir Gawuna has taken over from Udo Udoma as the Chairman of the Governing Council of Bayero University, Kano. Additionally, Lanre Tejuoso, previously a member of the Council of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, has been named Chairman of the Governing Council of Joseph Sarwan Tarka University, Makurdi.

The announcement was made through a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. A total of 560 individuals have been appointed to the governing councils, with five members each, including a chairman, for 51 federal universities, 24 federal colleges of education, and 37 federal polytechnics. The selection aims to ensure effective management of Nigerian tertiary institutions.

The review was prompted by complaints from academicians and party members about alleged lopsidedness in the initial list. Critics accused the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, of favoring indigenes of his home state, Adamawa, while underrepresenting other states.

Federal institutions have been without governing councils since President Tinubu’s directive to dissolve them in June 2023. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had issued an ultimatum to the government in May, demanding the reinstatement of councils whose tenures had not expired and the reconstitution of those with expired tenures. ASUU described the dissolution as illegal, leading to several irregularities across campuses.

By Naija247news
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