Nigerian universities have been charged to always comply with global best practices in terms of corporate governance, operations, benchmark, quality assurance and judicious application of resources for impact.
Chairman of Federal Government Visitation Panel to Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), Prof. Ikenna Onyido, said it is important for the Federal Government to, at interval, check the books of the various public universities to ascertain compliance with the various regulations and assess their development in line with available regulations over time.
Prof. Onyido, a former Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, led a seven-member team to FUPRE, noting that though the assignment was not an inquisition, it has become imperative to streamline things in the universities to enable the institutions accomplish their goals as mandated by law.
He said their assignment would further strengthen the university to carry out its mandate and attract global acceptance as required by the founding fathers and regulatory agencies.
To support learning and research in the institution, Onyido further donated sets of academic and leadership books to the university, one of which was on advocacy on returning quality leadership to the Nigerian university system.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government recently constituted visitation panels to 37 universities and four Inter-University Centres by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
The Visitation Panel to FUPRE had as members, Prof. Suleiman Abdul (Niger); Prof. Kenechukwu Udechukwu (Anambra); and Dr. Kazeem Olaniyan (Oyo). Others are Alh. Sani Ibrahim Amin (Kaduna); Prof. Ambily Etekpe (Bayelsa) Dr. Felicia Innamchi-Ukaegbu (Imo) as Secretary.
While welcoming the team, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh commended the panel for its commitment to streamline things in the university, assuring that the management was ready to make every document available to enhance its work.
Rim-Rukeh, while giving a brief on the institution noted that with the panel’s visit, the university would be disposed to also present her challenges to enable government provide urgent intervention to enable the school pursue her mandate of training high-level manpower in the oil and gas sector.