FG Assures Accelerated Implementation Of Visitation Panels’ Recommendations

FG Assures Accelerated Implementation Of Visitation Panels’ Recommendations

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has promised that adequate and accelerated attention would be given to the recommendations resulting from the report presented by the Visitation Panels of educational institutions in the country.

Recall  that President Muhammadu Buhari on April 13, inaugurated the visitation panels of 38 federal universities, four Inter-University Centers, 25 polytechnics and 21 Colleges of Education to review the performance of the institutions.

Adamu, who was speaking during the presentation of the Report by the panel in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that a sub-committee would be set up to look into the white paper that would be drawn from the recommendation.

Adamu who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, added that  the recommendations of the reports will help address the challenges identified in the nation’s tertiary institutions in the past years.

The panels were charged with the responsibility of  reviewing the performance of the institutions in the areas of governance, standards, quality assurance, management of finances and relationship between management and staff.

They were also to look at the assessment of the condition of physical infrastructure and quality of instruction as well as instructional facilities and advise the government accordingly.

While presenting the Report, the Chairman of the visitation panel to the University of Abuja, Mr Bukar Aji, stated that the panel has observed that tertiary institutions give priority to Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) at the expense of educational quality.

 Aji, who spoke on behalf of Chairmen of visitation panels of 88 institutions, called for an improved quality of education to justify government’s expenditure on institutions.

He revealed  that at the inauguration of the panels, the committees took it upon themselves to address all 11 terms of reference given to the panel.

“We painstakingly took time to X-ray the entire university management and did our forensic work to come up with the report.

“We took time as panel to see the extent of the white paper of the last visitation panel and we observed areas of disappointment. From approval of the last white paper at the university of Abuja, only about 45 per cent of the recommendations were implemented which may not be a pass mark.

“We went an extra length to interact with faculties head, unions and others to get to the root of the problems in the university.

“From the recommendation that came out from our reports, it has been observed that the priorities given IGR is affecting qualities in our various institutions,” he said.

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