President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the younger sister of Senate president Gbemisola Saraki as Otuoke varsity council chairman.
President Muhammadu Buhari has named the younger sister of the Senate President, Gbemisola Saraki, as the Chairman Governing Council of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa state, among other appointees.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated the inauguration of the councils marked another milestone in President Buhari government’s effort to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria’s tertiary education institutions by appointing credible men and women into their councils.
He said: “As governing councils, you must be bold, courageous and responsive in ways that provide the kind of leadership that supports the growth and development of universities and make them globally competitive and attractive.
”In doing all these, you must ensure that the universities’ planning and growth are in consonance with all National Universities Commission(NUC) guidelines, especially, with regards to the issues of Academic Briefs and the development of appropriate master plans.
”I would like to remind you that governance and management are two distinct responsibilities in the university system.
”On the hand, councils will set the policies that define the direction and then support the managements in their implementation of the policies.”
He advised the councils to oversee and monitor the effective entrenchment of the committee system and ensure plurality in decision-making process.
After his two-term tenure as governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki ran for the office of Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing the Kwara Central Senatorial District and won, succeeding his sister, Gbemisola Saraki-Forowa.
Gbemi, who has been avoiding the public glare for some time now, is saddled with nurturing the newly established federal university, along with others members of the council and institution’s administrators.
Federal University, Otuoke is among the twelve new universities established by the immediate past regime.