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fed government should scrap NUC for non performance of duty — DVC

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A former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof.
Laide Abbas, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to
scrap the National Universities Commission and disband the
governing councils of universities.
Abbas said that in his over two decades of working as a
university administrator, he had never come across an
establishment like the NUC in advanced countries, insisting
that the NUC was an aberration.
He spoke at an award ceremony organised by The Wings
Schools, in Iwo, on Saturday.
Lamenting the dearth of role models in the country, the
Professor of Computer Science said that the lack of role
models had affected the development of Nigerian youths.
Abbas also said that the composition of many governing
councils of uni vers i t i e s nationwide had been replete with
unworthy personalities.
He said, “The story of the birth of the NUC is well known to
me. It was to serve as a link between government and the
university so that vice-chancellors will not be seen parading
the corridors of power to get funds.
“(The late) F.R.A Williams, as the pioneer chairman of the
NUC, used his contacts to raise funds for the commission
and its activities were managed well but now what we have
is an NUC that feeds fat on the meagre resources available
to the education sector.”
He alleged that some members of universities’ governing
councils were linked to the diversion of public funds, while
many others engaged in outright stealing of public funds.
Abbas noted that an external examination body or group
with lesser financial implications could do the regulatory
and supervisory roles being played by the NUC.
A consultant to the school, Lai Olurode, who is a Professor
of Sociology, said the ceremony was organised to help
youths to attain high moral standards, adding that Nigerian
youths had become an endangered species.
A UNILAG lecturer, Dr. Ismail Musa, who delivered a lecture
titled, “The dearth of role models and poverty of ethical
leadership in Nigeria,” said Nigeria needed to rebuild a
school culture in order to check the pervading degeneration
in the country.
Some the personalities honoured with awards include
Deacon M. A. O Shoyele, Alhaji Agoro Elere, Khalifah Abdul
Olodo, Prof. Olasupo Ladipo, Pa Adebayo Agbaje,Otunba
Adebayo Aremu, Pa James Alagbe and Dr. Daniel
Olaosebikan.

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