Nigeria: ex-heads of education agencies push for renewal

While the terms of the directors general (CEOs) of 14 education agencies and parastatals appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 1, 2016, ended on August 1, 2021, they handed over the affairs of the agencies to the respective senior officials. and bowed. out on weekends.

However, there is intense lobbying going on for the reappointment of some of the former CEOs, as individuals and stakeholders have put their weight behind their candidates.

It was understood that the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, handed over to his deputy, Ramon Yussuf; while the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Enrollment Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, passed the baton to the board’s most senior official, the Director of IT Services, Dr Fabian O. Okoro.

In addition, the Director / CEO of the National Mathematical Center (NMC), Professor Stephen Onah, passed the baton to Professor Funmilayo WO Saporu in an interim capacity.

Other CEOs of parastatals and education agencies whose terms have expired include the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Dr Hameed Boboyi; the Registrar of the National Bureau of Business and Technical Examinations (NABTEB), Professor Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe; and the Registrar of the Teachers Enrollment Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Sunday Ajiboye.

The others are Afolabi Aderinto from the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria (CRCN); Professor Garba Dahuwa Azare of the National Institute of Teachers (NTI); Professor Michael Afolabi of the Librarian Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN); and Professor Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche of the National Institute of Nigerian Languages ​​(NINL).

Prof Lillian Salami from the Nigerian Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA); Professor Lanre Aina of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN); Prof Abba Haladu of the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult Education and Non-Formal Education (NMEC); and Professor Bashir Usman of the Commission on Nomadic Education (NEC) make up the remainder.

While some agencies have been active, others have operated with little visibility.

After the terms of the directors general of education agencies ended, a former NUC executive secretary, Professor Peter Okebukola, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider re-appointing Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed (NUC) and Professor Is- haq Oloyede (JAMB).

In a statement released Monday in Abuja, Professor Okebukola described the duo as pillars of higher education in Nigeria who should continue to lead the Nigerian university system.

He said the duo’s tenures had been marked by unprecedented success, noting that Professor Rasheed was recently ranked by a global assessment agency as the best executive secretary in NUC history, while Professor Oloyede is also globally recognized as the most dynamic, innovative and most prudent registrar JAMB has ever had. “

While some of the overwhelmed executives received praise for their performance, others received very low ratings.

Daily Trust felt that the president’s absence is probably the reason why new appointments have yet to be announced.

According to our source, “I’m sure the list has been sent to the president and he can attest to it soon.”

When contacted, Federal Education Ministry press director Ben Ben Goong said the lobbying was natural.

Mr Goong said, “When you run an organization and you are told that your term can be renewed subject to your performance, won’t you ask for a new term? It is not inappropriate for anyone to lobby ”.

Goong added that Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu would make a statement on the appointments in the coming days.

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