VISITATION PANEL RESUMES IN EKSU

The Visitation Panel to Ekiti State University (EKSU) by Ekiti State Government has stressed that it would adhere strictly to the terms of reference given to it by the Governor of the State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.  The Chairman of the Panel, Professor Bode Asubiojo made the assertion on Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 during a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele.

Professor Asubiojo said the clarification was nec1essary to clear the air and correct erroneous belief in certain quarters on the real purpose of the panel.

He noted that members of the panel would need the cooperation of all the management and other members of the University community to make the job of the panel easy adding that members of the visitation panel are seasoned administrators who would do their job meticulously.  According to the panel chairman “we will do our job to best of our ability”.

Welcoming members of the panel, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Samuel Oye Bandele noted that the University would cooperate with the panel in giving out the necessary information needed.

He expressed the opinion that a Visitation Panel was a mandatory exercise in a University to move the concerned institution forward.

Professor Bandele said that the duties of a Visitation Panel was for the good of any University similar to the accreditation team from the National Universities Commission (NUC) that serves as quality control of academic programmes of Universities.

He said the whole University community would cooperate with the panel.  Later, members of the Visitation took a tour of the University campus. Areas visited included the College of Medicine, the Academic Building, Faculty of Engineering, Management Science, Faculty of Education and the EKSU Water factory among others.

The sitting of the Visitation panel started immediately.

The panel is empowered to:

  • Enquire into the level of implementation of the white paper on the last Visitation Panel Report in 2007.
  • Evaluate the leadership quality of the university in terms of the roles of the Governing Council, the Vice-Chancellor and other Principal Officers.
  • Examine the financial management of the university, including Statutory Allocations and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) on the recommended period and determine whether it was in compliance with appropriate regulations, statutes, acts and laws of the University.
  • Investigate the application of funds, particularly special grants, loans meant for specific projects in order to determine the status of such projects and their relevance for further funding.
  • Determine the adequacy or otherwise of staff and examine the quality of its staff development programmes.
  • Examine the “Law” establishing the University including the relationship between the various internal organs, units and offices (such as the Registry, Bursary, Works & Services, Health Services, Departments/Faculties/Colleges, etc.) and indicate the ways that the law has been observed by the competent authorities and suggest any modifications to the law considered necessary or desirable to enable the University to better achieve its objectives.

The Panel is to submit its reports and recommendations to the Governor of Ekiti State not later than December 10, 2018.

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Ajibade Olubunmi
Director, Information & Corporate Affairs