- A 7-man audit panel has submitted its report on the take-off grants to 12 new universities established by the Jonathan-led administration
- Twelve universities established by the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, only have 3,756 academic staff
- The audit panel said the total number of students’ enrollment in all the universities stands at 40,614
The Nigerian federal government has received the report of the seven-man audit panel to audit the utilization of the take-off grants to 12 new universities established by the previous administration, Vanguard reports
NAIJ.com gathered that the audit panel which was set up in May by the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, turned in its report, revealing that the 12 universities have just 3,756 academic staff.
The audit panel also said the total number of students’ enrollment in all the 12 universities stands at 40,614 with only about 32% of the lecturers having PhD degrees.
Similarly, it said the guidelines by the Public Procurement Act, PPA, were duly followed in most cases in award of contracts in the institutions while there were also few of breaches.
Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, the chairman of the panel, on Tuesday, November 21, in Abuja while receiving the report, said the issues of students’ accommodation and accreditation of courses would be looked into quickly to ensure that the institutions were repositioned on the right pedestal.
The chairman while commending members of the panel for their dedication and diligence in completing the task within the short period, added that the report would be studied and the recommendations appropriately implemented.
Bamiro told the minister that the report was in two parts- main report and individual institution’s report.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the National Universities Commission (NUC) budgeted N8m for research and development in 2018, while N85m is also earmarked for the purchase of motor vehicles at the commission’s secretariat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Punch reports that the figures were obtained from the 2018 budget proposal totalling N8.6tn, which was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari about two weeks ago.
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