Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Prof. Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as chairman of the University of Jos’ governing council.
In his address to journalists on Thursday in Abuja, Malam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, said Buhari had also approved the appointment and reassignment of Chancellors at 42 federal universities.
Prof Anthony Anwuka and Udoma Udo Udoma, both former ministers, were also appointed chairmen of governing councils.
Anwuka will chair the council of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Effurun, Delta State, while Udoma will chair the council of Bayero University in Kano.
Udoma and Anwuka served as ministers during Buhari’s first term.
Dr. Sonny Kuku, University Of Benin; Chief Ikechi Emenike, University Of Nigeria; Nsukka and Ballama Manu, University Of Maiduguri; are the other Chairmen of Councils.
Adamu also noted that the President had approved the reconstitution of the governing councils of 23 Federal universities and Inter-University Centres (IUCs) following the expiration of their terms on May 8, 2021.
In his remarks, the Minister predicted the Chancellors would be officially consecrated during the next convocation ceremony.
At the convocation, he said, the investiture will take place before degrees are conferred.
According to him, the Chancellor should take precedence over all other university members, and he should preside at all convocation meetings for conferring degrees when he is present.
The appointed Chancellors include HRM Prof James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, the Tor Tiv (University of Benin), Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III. CON, JP. Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University), Bauchi, HM Obi Ofala Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha, (Ahmadu Bello University), Zaria and HRM Oba Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland, (Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State).
Others are HM, Oba Ewuare 11, Oba of Benin, (Bayero University, Kano),
HRM King W S Joshua Igbugburu X, Con, Ibenanawei of Bomo Kingdom, (Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State), HRM Professor Joseph Chike Edozien. CFR, Asagba of Asaba, (Federal University Gashua, Yobe), HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Mohammadu Abali Ibn Mohammed Idris, CON, Emir of Fika, (Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State).
King Dandeson Douglas Jaja Jeki, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, (Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina), HRH Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, Emir of Gombe, (Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike) and HRH, Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, Emir of Lafia, (Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa), among others.