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Tinubu Orders Review Of Tertiary Institution Boards’ Appointment Process Amid ASUU Threats



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President Bola Tinubu has ordered a thorough review of the appointment process for governing boards of tertiary institutions nationwide. The directive, announced by the President’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, aims to be completed before the inauguration and retreat scheduled for the nominees.

Amidst threats of strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) due to alleged delays in forming governing councils, the Federal Ministry of Education recently unveiled nominees for chairs, Pro-Chancellors, and board members of universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education. The Ministry, overseen by Mamman Tahir, had planned a retreat for the nominees and set the inauguration for May 31.

Public reactions, possibly triggered by perceived deviations from the Federal Character principle, likely prompted the Presidency’s latest directive. Concerns arose regarding unequal nominations among states.

In response to nationwide feedback, Tinubu has called for a complete review of the nominee list. The aim is to ensure strict adherence to the Federal Character principle enshrined in the Constitution, as emphasized by Onanuga.

“The review will also take into consideration national spread and ensure every part of the country is adequately represented,” Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy stated.

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