By Favour Nnabugwu
THE Federal Character Commission, FCC, has challenged the country’s universities to embrace the principle of federal character in their operations to foster national integration and development, as no unity could be achieved without the practice of equity.
FCC Executive Chairman, Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem, who gave this advice at a one-day seminar for administrators of Nigerian universities, noted that all parts of the country are equally endowed with skills and should not be marginalised in the staffing process.
Abdulraheem advised vice-chancellors, registrars and key officials of universities to be mindful of the heterogeneous nature of the Nigerian nation in their search for academic expatriates.
”It is good to let them know that there is absolutely no contradiction between the requirements of the federal character principle and the principle of meritocracy. We will, while searching for the best in terms of academic expatriates, also be mindful that universities are situated in a particular geopolitical environment, in a heterogeneous community like Nigeria,” he said.
He expressed hope that the opportunity created by the workshop to constructively engage universities will broaden public understanding of the application of the federal character vis-à-vis the general principle of meritocracy.