Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Thursday 8th July, 2021, promised to make Nigerian universities a place of transforming innovations and not theaters of conflicts. ayokinews.com reports
President Buhari who was represented by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, made this known during the 51st (2019) convocation ceremony of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), on Thursday 8th July, 2021.
The president stated that his government’s educational commitment is the sole reason for the approval of visitation panels to all federal universities and inter-university centres in the university.
“In other words, government is committed to the full implementation of all acceptable recommendations of the visitation panels.
“I am delighted to be a part of this convocation ceremony.
“I am aware that this ceremony should have been held in 2019 but for unforeseen developments in the university.
“We hold our universities in high esteem and we believe that a healthy university system will translate to a healthy society and positive national development.
“As the Visitor to the university, I cannot but recollect the recent council/management crisis of 2020.
“I commend the senate of the university for its maturity and decision to send a delegation to me on the matter.
“As it became obvious, I heard your voice loud and clear,” President Buhari said.
Speaking on the federal government’s integration of the visitation panels, he noted that “the recommendations of the panel were implemented to restore peace to the university.
“Part of this restoration process necessitated the appointment of a new governing council for the university, under the chairmanship of Sen. Lanre Tejuosu,” he said.
President Buhari further urged the all relevant stakeholders of the institution to do all within their power in avoiding conflicts that could truncate educational activities in the university.