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University Of Abuja Is A Shame Says Education Minister

University Of Abuja Is A Shame Says Education Minister 


By Israel Ekene Ohia

University of Abuja has been described as a shame that is not appropriate for a tertiary institution in the nation’s capital.

• Nigeria's Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmad Rufa’i

This assertion was made by Nigeria's Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmad Rufa’i while speaking at a public hearing on a bill to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Petroleum, Effurun; a bill to amend the Federal Polytechnic Act and a motion on the incessant students’ protest in the university at the National Assembly complex on Thursday even as she also laid blame of the crisis in the institution on the university's governing council.


“University of Abuja is supposed to be a pride to all of us but unfortunately, it is a shame! The university, since inception, there has been so much problems,” the education minister said.


Speaking further she said that; “The university has a governing council comprising the president, representatives of the ministry of education, representatives of the regulatory agencies and the National Universities Commission that is supposed to be the eye of the visitor from the ministry of education. If you have an effective one in place, then everything goes well but if you have the type that we had in the University of Abuja, then you will understand how we got to this crisis.”


According to Professor, Ruqayyatu she said that the Visitation panel’s report on the school had exposed rot that is “deeper than what we are seeing now.”


The Jigawa born Professor hinted that the report of the visitation panel has been concluded even as a white paper which has been drawn and submitted to the President, is currently awaiting approval via the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.