ASUU faults Tinubu’s dissolution of university governing councils

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Dr. Chris Yilgwan, the chairman of the University of Jos chapter of ASUU, expressed disagreement with the Federal Government’s decision to dissolve the Governing Councils of all federal universities in Nigeria. He described the move as detrimental and a significant setback to the progress and advancement of university education in the country. Dr. Yilgwan shared these sentiments during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos.

According to the report by NAN, the National Universities Commission (NUC) announced on June 22 that the governing councils of all federal universities and boards of other agencies and parastatals in Nigeria were dissolved. Dr. Chris Yilgwan, the chairman of the University of Jos chapter of ASUU, strongly criticized this decision, stating that it would have a detrimental impact on the university system. He argued that the dissolution went against the provisions of the Miscellaneous Act of 2003 as amended, which established the federal universities, and warned that it would hinder the progress and development of these institutions.

Dr. Chris Yilgwan emphasized that the statutory tenure of governing councils of universities is provided for in the Act, and therefore, they cannot be dissolved arbitrarily like other boards. He highlighted the crucial role of the governing council as the highest decision-making body in every university and expressed concern that the dissolution, without immediate replacement, would impede important decisions within the institutions. He called on the federal government to reconsider its decision and urged all levels of government to allow universities to operate in accordance with the laws that established them.

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