By Gbenga Olarinoye
A former university administrator, Professor Laide Abbas, has called for the immediate scrapping of the Nigeria Universities Commission, NUC, saying the Commission is killing creativity.
Abbas, a former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, said in almost half a century of working in university and interacting with other varsities across the globe, he had not come across an establishment like NUC, even in advanced countries, making the organisation an aberration.
Abbas also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to disband Governing Councils of all varsities because the personalities that are being given the jobs are often unworthy of such honour.
Abbas said: “NUC was meant to serve as a link between government and the varsities so that VC won’t not be seeing parading corridors of power to get funds.
“F.R.A Williams as the pioneer chairman of NUC used his contact to raise funds for the Commission and its activities were well managed but now, the NUC feeds fat on meagre resources available to the education sector.”
Stressing that the regulatory and supervisory roles being played by the NUC could be played by external examination bodies or groups with lesser financial implications, Abbas recalled how he, as a member of an external examination body to University of Ibadan, influenced the expansion of syllabus for the teaching of Computer Science in the institution.
He said rather than having an autonomous body with staggering budget as supervisor for universities, when the institutions are not even buoyant enough to fund simple research work, external examination groups must be empowered to supervise the universities.