The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has tasked the governing boards of universities to block loopholes and come up with ideas that would shore up the Internally Generated Revenue of the universities.
At the inauguration of the governing councils of 13 federal universities in the country on Monday, Adamu charged the chairmen and members of the councils to also foster harmonious relationships while carrying out their duties in the next four years.
He urged council members and chairmen to respect the rule of law in the discharge of their duties while respecting the principle of federal character in the appointment of their officers.
According to him, the major areas of challenge are inadequate funding as well as judicious use of available resources.
He advise them on creative ways to improve funding in the institutions, while blocking loopholes where the IGR slides away.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the inauguration of the council members marks the beginning of a new phase in the introduction of the first 12 specialised universities.
Rasheed noted that the NUC was committed to revitalising the university education and through fostering of skills development and entrepreneurship and addressing inadequacies in facilities.
The representative of the chairmen, Prof. Funmilayo Togonu-Bickersteth, said the council members look forward to cooperation from the Minister and NUC, especially in the provision of useful information.
The universities with new Governing Council Members are Federal University, Lokoja; Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State; Ndufo Alike University in Ebonyi; Federal University Kashere, Gombe; and Federal University, Wukari, Taraba.
Others are Federal University, Dutsinma, Katsina State; Federal University, Jigawa; Ndufo Alike University, Ebonyi, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State; and Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa; Federal University, Birnin Kebbi; Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara; Federal University, Gashua, Yobe and Federal University of Health Sciences