President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed readiness to purge Nigerian universities of corruption and other related unwholesome practices damaging public higher institutions.
President Buhari, who dropped the hint yesterday, at the 33rd Convocation ceremony of Bayero University Kano, disclosed that the Federal Government is concerned about the financial recklessness and high handedness of some university authorities.
He said appropriate disciplinary action would be meted to whoever would be found guilty.The President, who spoke through the Executive Secretary National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, said government had received series of petitions and reports alleging financial reckless against university management, saying government is studying the document.
“Government is concerned about the growing rate of financial recklessness and high handedness in Nigeria’s public universities. Let me inform you that government is presently studying the reports of allegation after which appropriate action will be taken against whoever is found guilty in due course,” he stressed.
While announcing the release of over N234b, being the 2016 annual intervention funds to Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for onward distribution to public universities, the President said his administration was determined to sustain its commitment to improving standard of education in Nigeria.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, noted that the university has distinguished itself in academic standard and improved quality of research over the years.Out of the 8,405 graduating students, 5,283 got first degrees, while 3,122 finished their higher degrees.