The NATIONAL Universities Commission (NUC) has said that Nigerian Universities run semi-autonomy based on the University Autonomy Act in place.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, made this known in Abuja when he received a delegation from the Federal Character Commission (FCC) which was led by Mr, Dipo Akinsola, Director of the newly established Department of Socio-Economic and Infrastructural Development at FCC.
The NUC Boss, who was represented by the Director, Research, Innovation and Communication Technology, Dr. Suleiman Aamon-Yusuf, stated that the FCC’s visit was a welcome development to sensitize the commission on its line of duty, especially as it borders on enforcement of equitable distribution of social services to the citizens.
While urging the FCC to ensure equity and fairness in the discharge of its functions, Prof. Rasheed informed the delegation that NUC with its present status does not meddle into admission of students in the universities.
He noted that the University Autonomy Act makes it mandatory for universities to run semi-autonomous institutions, explaining that the issue of inclusion as demanded by the team does not fall within the mandate of the commission.
The FCC Director, Dipo Akinsola, said the visit to NUC on sensitization and advocacy was in line with its mandate, as specified in paragraph 8 (1) b of Section C, third schedule of Nigeria’s constitution.
He noted that the FCC intended to partner with NUC by getting involved in the areas of admission procedure for placement of students in the universities as well as securing the fair and equitable distribution of amenities to these universities based on its mandate.