In making the appointments, he took cognisance of the requirements for membership into governing councils which include, among others, minimum of a university degree, high integrity, and commitment to educational development of the country as well as geographical spread.
The President also approved the reconstitution of the boards of 19 agencies and parastatals under the Ministry of Education for a period of four years.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, made these announcements in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, the institutions affected are those whose governing councils’ tenure had elapsed or would expire on April 9, 2017.
He said, “Pursuant to his powers under the laws establishing the federal universities in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the governing councils of 23 out of the 40 federal universities in the country for a period of four years, in the first instance. The institutions affected are those whose governing councils’ tenure has elapsed or would expire on April 9, 2017.
“Those not affected by the reconstitution are the governing councils of the 12 new federal universities which were inaugurated in March 2016, as well as those of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and the University of Port-Harcourt, which were reconstituted in January 2017. The tenure of the Council of the National Open University of Nigeria will elapse in January, 2018.”