Modibbo Adama University (MAU) Vice Chancellor Yola Prof. Abdullahi Tukur said the federal government’s employment embargo, which makes it difficult for universities to hire staff, is choking the university system.
Tukur said the embargo should be reviewed before it undermines the system.
Speaking at the 24th, 25th and 26th Combined Convocations of Modibbo Adama University in Girei, near Yola, Prof. Abdullahi stressed that the university system as a whole is going through a difficult phase of its existence due to the embargo on employment.
The VC’s speech at the main convening ceremony on Saturday followed his earlier wailing on Wednesday when he addressed a press briefing ahead of the summons.
He told reporters at the briefing: “The different layers of approval the system goes through before getting the green light to employ staff is downright frustrating and agonizing and if you’re not careful it could spell the end. of the whole system. “
At the convocation ceremony on Saturday when President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajuuba, the MAU VC called for freedom for individual universities to employ staff.
He demanded that “a special waiver be given to universities to recruit academic staff not only to meet the regulatory requirements of the NUC, but also to ensure workforce development, mentorship and continuity of universities. “.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Education said that the Buhari government will always encourage universities to engage in research and development efforts capable of helping the growth of various sectors of the world. national economy.
He urged the leadership and boards of all universities to formulate regulations that guide students and faculty towards academic excellence and dignified behavior.