The newly appointed Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed has assured Vice Chancellors of Nigeria Universities that his Leadership will work closely with them; according to him, this is to improve the standards of teaching and learning as well as focusing efforts on character building of Nigeria undergraduates and fostering quality collaboration and linkages among Nigeria Universities.
The NUC boss gave the assurance while receiving the delegation of Ekiti State University led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele at the headquarter of the NUC in Abuja
The EKSU team who were on a courtesy visit to the new NUC Executive Secretary, was informed by Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed that the National Universities Commission (NUC) would embark on structural reforms of Nigeria Universities to include eradication of mushroom Universities, eliminate unnecessary political involvement in Universities administration. He also said the NUC would not encourage merger of universities to ensure quality and eliminate substandard practices and added to that, He said that the commission would not encourage State Governors to establish Universities they could not fund.
The NUC boss thanked the EKSU delegation for the visit and commended people of Ekiti State for their unrivalled achievements in the field of Education, adding that, the unofficial submission among Academics, in Africa is that Ekiti State has produced the highest number of Professors per square metre in the whole of Africa.
On the Distance Learning Programme of Ekiti State University, Professor Adamu Rasheed said; “NUC will provide necessary support for the institution to ensure credibility and enhance capacity.”
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele congratulated the NUC Boss on his appointment and described his antecedent as Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano as a shining example to others. Professor Bandele later presented a proposal to the NUC boss to enable the University begin a degree programme in Tests and Measurement.