The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has no interest in ongoing crisis currently rocking the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
The minister stated this, yesterday, at the inauguration of the special presidential visitation panel to the university, as constituted and approved by the President.
He maintained that due process of law wasn’t followed in the removal and appointment of the vice chancellor and acting vice chancellor respectively.
Adamu explained that the crisis in UNILAG had lingered unabated in spite of the interventions by the leadership of the Ministry of Education.
MEANWHILE, the University of Lagos Mass Communication Alumni Association (UMCAA) has urged the visitation panel to revive normalcy within the institution by conducting its affairs with equity and justice.
It also asked the FG (federal government) to make sure that visitation panels to all or any Nigerian universities are regular to stop crises lingering for too long before they’re addressed.
The group, during a statement signed by its President, Vincent Oyo and Chairman, Media Forum, Prof. Oluyinka Esan, stated that quality education remains the key to the expansion of any nation and therefore the unlocking of its great minds.
It added that the Visitor to the university and therefore the FG should heed the recommendations of the visitation panel and bring end to the crisis as soon as possible.
“The visitation panel should conduct its affairs with equity and justice, and make sure that its recommendations are presented within the stipulated time. The welfare of scholars and therefore the protection of the UNILAG brand equity should be paramount in particular personal and sectional interests.
“All stakeholders should support the newly-appointed Acting vice chancellor and the interim Chairman of the Governing Council to revive confidence, enhance peace and stability.
“The students of the University of Lagos should have platforms and structures (including student unionism) in situ to enable them liaise with the university management, discuss their welfare, and be fully engaged as mature citizens in preparation for the onerous leadership tasks before them,” the group said.