Desist from muscle flexing, FG to universities governing councils, managements

Prof. Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for Education.

New Policy Against Academic Disruption Coming
The Federal Government has said it will no longer tolerate unnecessary muscle flexing and ego-tripping between Governing Councils and Managements of universities, a situation, which breed crisis in those institutions.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who gave the warning yesterday in Port Harcourt during the 31st convocation ceremony of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State; said the roles of the two bodies are clearly spelt out.

Speaking through the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, the President explained that while the Governing Councils are to initiate policies and monitor compliance, management works closely in council and not for councils.

The President also warned students who make themselves tools of misguided staff to become professional agitators on campus and disrupting academic activities.

“Hiding under various guises, these admixture of staff and students are determined to disrupt normal academic business in the university to the detriment of the majority of students, who wish to take their studies very seriously, he noted, saying that the government will no longer tolerate such disruptive activities.

The President added: “Those who may wish to engage in endless agitations and threaten law abiding students and staff must henceforth be prepared to face the full weight of the law, likewise staff, who support them must be prepared to face the appropriate disciplinary actions in line with their terms of employment.”

According to the President, a new policy, which would be strictly adhered to would stipulate that at the end of any academic year, any student with less than five GPA (Gross Points Average) should cease to be a student of the university and shown the way out.

He said: “Secondly, starting from this academic year, JAMB has been advised to stop giving students to our professional universities. If you are a University of Agriculture, your business will be in Agriculture, not in Medicine, not in Law, not in Accountancy. Your charge is to concentrate on Agriculture. If you are a University of Science and Technology, that is your charge; you have no business with Pharmacy, Law or other courses.”

Earlier, the Vice chancellor, Prof. Ndowa Lale, said, the university would no longer tolerate acts of misconduct, warning student and staff desist, as according to him: “We are prepared to put a stop to devious schemes of mass deception; parents are urged to take the message home.”

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