May 30, 2024

NUC to outgoing VCs: Appoint deputies in acting positions

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The Federal Government has directed outgoing vice-chancellors in federal universities to nominate their deputies to temporarily serve as acting vice-chancellors.

The National Universities Commission, NUC, conveyed this to outgoing vice chancellors in a letter dated May 28, 2024.

The letter, signed by the acting Executive Secretary of NUC, Chris Maiyaki, said the move was prompted by a directive from the federal ministry of education which duly notified the commission on the end of the tenure of some vice-chancellors.

While noting that the appointment of the acting vice-chancellors should be done through the recommendations of the universities’ senates, NUC said the soon-to-be inaugurated governing councils of the universities would appoint acting vice-chancellors after their inauguration.

The letter read: “I write, further to previous communication Ref. No. NUC/ES/138/Vol. 65/88 and dated May 27, 2024, to convey the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, vide its letter Ref. No. FME/TE/C?/130/T6/458 and dated May 28, 2024, (copy attached), to the effect that vice-chancellors of federal universities who are rounding off their tenures, are to nominate, through the recommendation of their Senates, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor that will oversee the office of the vice-chancellor in a temporary capacity.

“The Governing Councils, after their inauguration, will appoint acting vice-chancellors for a period not less than six months, during which they will commence the process of appointing a substantive vice-chancellors. This circular takes pre-eminence over our earlier communication on the same subject. Please accept the assurances of my highest considerations, always.”

Recall that there has been an ongoing tussle between some outgoing VCs and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the appointment of substantive VCs.