Attahiru Jega, Okebukola Gets New Federal Appointment
A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, alongside the past executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Peter Okebukola, and others have been tasked by the federal government to review Nigeria’s university system.
Peter Okebukola, a former executive secretary of the NUC, was also included in a committee set up by the government.
Abubakar Rasheed, executive secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), made this known on Monday after he appeared before the senate committee on tertiary institutions and TETFUND.
“The NUC has constituted a high-powered committee of very credible senior academics. Most of the members of this small committee are former vice chancellors, former executive secretaries of the NUC and some had held positions like pro-chancellor, chairman of INEC and minister of education. We have given them a six-term reference to help us with repositioning Nigeria’s university system,” he said.
“One of the areas we want them to look at is the issue of post-graduate training and how to reform the training and produce good quality PhDs. How do we get to see that serious post-graduate students complete their studies within the normal period of three years? It could be less or more than three years but three years is the normal period across the world.
“This committee has started working and it is under the chairmanship of Prof. Peter Okebukola, former Executive Secretary of NUC; with Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Vice-Chancellor and former Chairman of INEC, among others, as members.
“In the next six weeks, we should receive the first report which, among other things, will help us to advise the NUC on the best way to carry out our proposed curricular review in the county and to advise us on the ranking of universities.
“We always wake up every morning and see on the social media that the NUC has ranked (universities). The NUC has not ranked any university in several years. We have not done it, but people just sit down to create it.”