Group faults dissolution of varsities’ governing council
Addressing reporters in Osogbo, Osun state specifically on the dissolution of Governing Councils of Federal Universities across the country, the Secretary, Mr. Adeyemi Adetise said inclusion of university boards in the dissolved boards by federal government amounts to tampering with the laws that established them.
According to the group the Universities (Miscellaneous Provision) (Amendment) Act, 2003 guarantees the tenure of each university governing board insisting that the federal government should uphold the principle.
The group cited relevant section of the Act: “The Council shall have a tenure of four years from the date of its inauguration provided that where a council is found to be incompetent and corrupt, it shall be dissolved by the Visitor and a new Council shall be immediately constituted for the active functioning of the university”.
Therefore the group appealed to the president to uphold the autonomy of the Universities as guaranteed by the law and avoid anything that can obstruct the smooth running of universities across the country.
His words: “The President has been preaching peace and respect for the rule of law in all his programmes, this is why we are urging him not to tamper with the law that established the autonomy of the University boards. “We member of Peace Advocacy Committee want to urge the federal government to follow due process in dealing with universities in Nigeria.
It will be a pitfall on the part of government if the governing council is dissolved and the rule of law tampered with”. The group said it support the effort by the President in its fight against corruption adding that with his determination to stem the trend, the desired peace and development of Nigeria would be guaranteed.