Members of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) community have been called upon to take advantage of the Federal Government’s Visitation Panel to the Institution by submitting their memoranda and participating, actively, in the process for the University’s overall development.
Chairman of the Panel and former vice chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Gambo Laraba Abdullahi, who made the call,who made the call in a release signed by the panel secretary, Mrs Bukola Olatunji, described the Visitation as a very important assignment, which promises to, among others, address the challenges facing public university education in the country, by proffering solutions to them. She, therefore, urged all relevant stakeholders of UNN to play their parts in ensuring that the objectives of the exercise are achieved.
The Panel is to review the performance of each institution and advise the Federal Government in the areas of governance, academic standards, quality assurance, management of finances, the relationships between management, staff and students as well as the conditions of physical infrastructure and instructional facilities, among others.
The Federal Government had constituted Visitation Panels to all Federal Universities and Inter-University Centres as well as Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
Those of the Universities and Inter-University Centres were inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, at the National Universities Commission, Abuja, on Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 and given 60 days to submit their reports.
Their Terms of Reference are:
- To inquire into the level of implementation of the White Paper on the last Visitation Report;
- To look into the leadership quality of each University in terms of the roles of Governing Council, the Vice Chancellors and other Principal Officers;
- To look into the financial management of each institution, including statutory allocations and Internally Generated Revenue over the recommended period and determine whether it was in compliance with appropriate regulations;
- To investigate the applications of funds, particularly the special grants and loans meant for specific projects in order to determine the status of such projects and their relevance for further funding;
- To examine the adequacy of the staff and staff development programmes of each University;
- To determine the relationship between the University and the various statutory bodies it interacts with, according to its Law for the purposes of supervision, planning, finance, discipline, guidance and any other relationship (i.e. Governing Council, National Universities Commission and Federal Ministry of Education);
- Examine the Law establishing the University, including the relationship between the various internal organs, units and offices and indicate the ways the Law has been observed by the competent authorities and also suggest any modifications to the Law;
- To trace the historical evolution of the University and take stock of its net achievements and problems as well as its style and direction;
- To examine the general security in the University and how the University has dealt with it and recommend appropriate measures; and
- To examine the process and structures of discipline of students in each University, in line with due process of the rule of law.
Other members of the UNN Panel are:
- Professor Prekeyi Tawari-Fufeyin,
- Alhaji Jimoh Ayinla Bankole
- Professor Danladi Slim Matawal
- Professor Osy EzechukwunyereNwebo, and
- Barr Abdul Ibrahim Radda.