FG Inaugurates Governing Councils Of 8 Fed Poly, 6 Colleges

FG Inaugurates Governing Councils Of 8 Fed Poly, 6 Colleges

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Federal Government has inaugurated  Governing Councils of the new eight Federal Polytechnics and  six Colleges of Education.

Speaking during the inauguration on Tuesday, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu revealed that competent notable Nigerians were meticulously chosen to help in attaining the objectives of moving  the institutions forward.

“We are confident that you will bring your wealth of experience, adherence to and respect for the rule of law and due process to bear in the discharge of your duties,” he said.

He stated that the Council has powers of general control and superintendence over the policy, finances, and properties of the institution.

“It is, therefore, essential that you familiarise yourselves with the specific law establishing your institution as well as with other relevant laws of the Federation. I urge you to exercise this power with utmost sense of responsibility and in the best interest of your institution,” he said.

He urged them to know the limits of their powers  and how best to avoid situations of conflict in discharging their duties.

“I want to, particularly, draw your attention to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2007. Prior to the enactment of this Act, the Governing Councils of Tertiary institutions were responsible for procurement matters, through the Council’s Tenders Board.

“However, with PPA 2007, the Chief Executives of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) took over the responsibility for procurement matters. Thus, in the Polytechnics the Rectors and his/her Management are responsible for procurement while in the Colleges of Education, the Provosts and his/her Management teams are in charge of procurement.

“The Chief Executive is, however, expected to brief the Governing Councils regularly on all procurements, as it is done on all financial and other matters. All Chairmen and Members of the Governing Councils need to take due cognisance of this, as it had, in the past, led to unnecessary frictions between the Councils and Managements of some Polytechnics and Colleges of Education,” he said.

He urged the council to judiciously utilised the limited funds allocated by the government to the institutions, urging them to  think out of the box and endeavour to generate more revenue, outside government allocations.

Adamu added that the  tenure of the Council would be three years from the date of inauguration.

Also speaking, the Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba explained that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration placed high premium on education which has warranted the establishment of additional Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in states were there is none.

“The establishment of these fourteen higher institutions is in line with this mandate given to Federal Ministry of Education. The establishment of these institutions is done in phases between 2021 and 2023. Hopefully all states of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory will be covered by the end of this administration,” he revealed.

He congratulated the Council on their appointment and urged them to deploy their vast experience to ensure that the goals of the council are achieved.

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