President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of chancellors of 42 federal universities.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, was appointed chancellor of the University of Ibadan; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, the University of Maiduguri and the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, the University of Benin.
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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, told reporters in Abuja Thursday that as royal fathers, they were expected to be the moral compass of the various universities to which they were assigned.
He said they were taken from their kingdoms and primary constituencies to other kingdoms and their appointments were expected to play a role in cementing relationships between communities in the country.
Adamu said Buhari also approved the appointment of pro-chancellors and chairmen of councils of 23 federal universities and four inter-university centres.
A former INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega and two former ministers, Anthony Anwuka and Udoma Udo Udoma, were appointed chairmen of governing councils of the University of Jos, the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun and Bayero University Kano respectively.
A former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, was re-appointed as pro-chancellor and chairman, governing council of the National Open University of Nigeria.