ASUU, monarch hail FG for constituting visitation panel to federal universities

 Some Stakeholders in Ebonyi have commended the Federal Government for constituting Visitation Panels to Federal Universities aimed at addressing challenging issues in the university system.
    President Muhammad Buhari.

It recalls that a Seven-man Panel had on Monday April 26, resumed work at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI), Ebonyi.

The Panel was among the thirty-eight visitation Panels to the Federal Universities and 4 Inter-University Centres constituted by the President Muhammadu Buhari on April 13.

The Stakeholders, including the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University (SSANU) AE-FUNAI chapter.

Also Traditional Ruler among others made the commendation in Ikwo during a town hall meeting with the team of the panel on Wednesday.

Mr Okeagu Ogada, a traditional ruler from Alike-Ikwo said the inauguration of the Visitation Panel was a welcome development as their present in the institution was timely.

Ogada appealed to the team  not to be partial in their finding in the efforts to improve the nation’s university system.

Dr Ogugua Egwu, Chairman of ASUU, AE-FUNAI chapter said the union was ready to support the panel at ensuring that every wrongs in the school were corrected.

According to Egwu, “We must give the panel the support while we pray that the outcome of the visit will bring solution to the problems in the university.”

Mr Emmanuel Chiagbata, Chairman of SSANU in AE-FUNAI urged the panel to make recommendation on poor salary and infrastructural decay in the university system.

In his remark, Amb. Usman Sarki, Chairman of the Panel said the major purpose was for fact finding on challenging issues in the federal universities.

Sarki noted that the panel was for investigation and urged all stakeholders to give them the support to carry the exercise.

“We promise that our finding will be factual, not partial and in the end we will make comprehensive report to the President Mohammadu Buhari,” the Chairman said.

He said that the period for the exercise was slated for 60 days and out the period, the panel would spend two weeks in AE-FUNAI.

Prof. Sunday Ekom, Vice-chancellor of AE-FUNAI said he was optimistic that the findings of the panel would go a long way in identifying and solving some of the intractable challenges confronting the Nigerian University system

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