By Joy Odor
The Federal Government has appointed 42 Traditional Royal Fathers across the Federation as Chancellors and Governing Councils of some Federal Universities and are expected to be the moral compass for which they are assigned.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday said they would be expected to play a role in cementing relationships between communities in the country.
Mallam Adamu said the appointment was intended to replace deceased Chancellors of some Federal Universities.
The Minister opined that the Chancellors would be presented to the University Community at an investiture ceremony or during the next convocation ceremony when the investiture would precede the conferment of degrees at convocation.
He explained that the Chancellor shall in relation to the university take precedence before all other members of the university, and when he is present shall preside at all the meetings of convocation held for conferring degrees.
“You will recall that following the approval of the President and Visitor to Federal tertiary Institutions, I inaugurated Visitation Panels to all tertiary institutions in April 2021.
“The panels are currently rounding off their assignments and will soon submit their reports.
“You will also recall that I recently inaugurated the Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
“The inauguration of Councils is intended to strengthen these Institutions for effective service delivery for national development and global competitiveness,” he said.
The Chancellors and their assigned institutions are as follows; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi – Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, – Obi Ofala Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha; and Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State – Oba Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland.
Others are; “Bayero University, Kano – Hm, Oba Ewuare 11, Oba Of Benin; Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State – King W S Joshua Igbugburu X, Ibenanawei Of Bomo Kingdom; Federal University Gashua, Yobe – Professor Joseph Chike Edozien, Asagba Of Asaba; And Federal University, Gusau Zamfar – Hrh Engr. Arc. Ezeogo Ewa Elechi. Isu-Oha I Of Ohaisu Kingdom.
Others Include; Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State – Shekarau Angyu, Masa Ibi Kuyon 11, The Uka Of Wukari; Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State – Alhaji (Dr) Mohammadu Abali Ibn Mohammed Idris, The Emir Of Fika; Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State – The Attah Of Igala; Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta – Ebidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, The Obong Of Calabar; And Federal University Of Petroleum Resources, Effurun – Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, Torungbuwa 11, Akarigbo Of Remoland.
The Federal University Of Technology, Akure Has Alhaji Umar Kabir Umar 11, Emir Of Katagum; Federal University Of Technology, Minna – Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Deji Of Akure; Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina –
King Dandeson Douglas Jaja Jeki, Amanyanabo Of Opobo Kingdom; Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State – Alh (Dr) Adamu Baba Yunusa, The Ona Of Abaji; Federal University, Birnin Kebbi – Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Obi Of Obinugwu And Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State – Igwe Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzu, Ogbunechendo, Ezema Olo Kingdom.
The Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa – Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, Emir Of Lafia; Michael Okpara University Of Agricultural Umudike – Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar Iii, Emir Of Gombe; Modibbo Adama University Of Technology, Yola – Okuku (Dr) Uwa Umoh Adiaka Iii, Paramount Ruler/Ekporikpo Of Obot; National Open University Of Nigeria – Agabaidu Elias Ikoyi Obekpa Con, Fcti, Och’idoma Iv; And Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka – (Dr) Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Gbong Gwon Jos.
Also, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Has – Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar, CFR. The Etsu Nupe; University Of Abuja, Gwagwalada – Dr Rilwan Suleiman Adamu Cfr, Fniob, Emir Of Bauchi; University Of Agriculture, Makurdi – Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, The Emir Of Ilorin; University Of Benin – Prof James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, The Tor Tiv; University Of Calabar – Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir Of Kano; And University Of Ibadan – Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar Iii, Sultan Of Sokoto.
The University Of Ilorin – Alhaji (Dr) Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, Emir Of Katsina; University Of Jos – Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Emir Of Zazzau; University Of Lagos – Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno; University of Maiduguri – Oba (Dr)Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, LLD, Alafin of Oyo and University of Nigeria, Nsukka – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife.
University Of Port-Harcourt – Muhammadu Ilyasu Bashar, Emir Of Gwandu; University Of Uyo – Alhaji (Dr) Adamu Abubakar Maje, Con, the Emir Of Hadejia; Usamanu Danfodiyo University, Alayeluwa Oba (Dr) Rilwanu Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu I, Oba Of Lagos; University Of Health Sciences – Alhaji Attahiru Mohammed Ahmed (Con), Emir Of Zamfara; And Nigerian Army University, Biu – Maj-Gen Felix Mujakperuo (Rtd), Orodje Of Okpe Kingdom.
Nigerian Maritime University Okerenkoko, Delta State – King Alfred Papapereye Diete- Spiff, Ofr, The Amanyanabo Of Twon Brass; And Federal University Of Agriculture, Zuru – Eze Dr Eberechi N Dick Jp, Eze Udo 1 Of Mgboko Ngwa, Amaise.
The Federal Government had early inaugurated the Governing Councils of thirteen (13) Federal Universities.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has following the expiration of the tenures of Governing Councils of some Federal universities and Inter-University Centres (IUCs) on 8, May 2021, approved the re-constitution of their Councils to avoid any vacuum in the governance of the institution.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the Councils, which are intended to reinvigorate governance through appropriate policies and guidance to the Institutions, would be inaugurated on Thursday, 15, July 2021.
He listed the institutions to include, University Of Benin, Dr Sonny Kuku, Lagos State; University Of Nigeria Nsukka, Chief Ikechi Emenike, (Abia State); Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; Malam Adamu Fika, (Yobe State); Federal University Of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Prof Anthony Gozie Anwuka (Imo State); And Bayero University Kano, Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom State).
Others Are: University Of Maiduguri Borno State – Ballama Manu, Yobe State; University Of Abuja – Prof Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo (Adamawa State); University Of Calabar – Gen Martin Luther Agwai (Rtd). (Kaduna State); University Of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State – Barr Njideka Bernedette Nwachukwu, (Anambra State); And
Federal University Of Agriculture, Makurdi – Edith Chidimma Uwajumogu (Imo State).
Michael Okpara University Of Agriculture Umudike, Has Sen. Abubakar Sodangi (Nassarawa State), University Of Jos, Prof Attahiru Jega (Kebbi State), Federal University Of Technology Owerri, Sen Jack Tilley-Gyado, (Benue State); Federal University Of Technology Akure – Ambassador Dr Godknows B Igali, Oon Bayelsa State. And Federal University Of Technology Minna
Prof Olu Obafemi, (Kogi State).
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bukar Goni Aji (Yobe State); Moddibo Adama University, Yola, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu Jigawa State; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof Sulyman Alege Kuranga (Kwara State); Usumanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto Ibrahim Ida, (Katsina State) And University Of Ilorin, Malam Abidu Yazid, (Katsina State).
National Open University Of Nigeria (Noun), Prof Peter Okebukola, (Osun State); And Federal University Of Agriculture, Zuru, Prof Chinedum Nwajuba, Imo State.
The Inter-University Agencies And Their Chairmen Are: Ninlan, Aba Prof Francis Ebokhare (Edo State); National Mathematical Centre, Abuja Prof James Adedayo Oguntuwase (Ondo State; National Arabic Village, Ngala, Prof Jidda H. Juma’a, Borno State And National French Village, Ajara-Badagry Prof Remi Sonaiya, Oyo State.