President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that he will continue to ensure that “universities remain places of scholarship and innovation and not theatres of conflict”.
Buhari gave the assurance on Thursday at the 51st (2019) convocation ceremony of the University of Lagos.
President Buhari was represented at the occasion by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed.
President Buhari stated that the commitment is the reason for his recent approval of visitation panels to all federal universities and inter-university centres.
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He noted that the visitation panels were to ascertain the performances of the institutions and their requirements.
The president said that the panels would soon submit their reports and that the Federal Government would swiftly come up with a position on their recommendations.
“In other words, government is committed to the full implementation of all acceptable recommendations of the visitation panels.
”I am delighted to be a part of this convocation ceremony.
“I am aware that this ceremony should have been held in 2019 but for unforeseen developments in the university.
“We hold our universities in high esteem and we believe that a healthy university system will translate to a healthy society and positive national development.
“As the Visitor to the university, I cannot but recollect the recent council/management crisis of 2020.
“I commend the senate of the university for its maturity and decision to send a delegation to me on the matter.
“As it became obvious, I heard your voice loud and clear,” the president said.