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FG Directs Outgoing VCs To Give Deputies Acting Roles

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The Federal Government has directed outgoing Vice Chancellors (VCs) in Federal universities to give their deputies acting roles until substantive VCs are appointed.


This was disclosed in a letter signed by the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Chris Maiyaki, to the outgoing vice chancellors, dated May 28, 2024.

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Maiyaki said the move was prompted by a directive from the Federal Ministry of Education, which had duly notified the Commission on the end of tenure of some vice chancellors.


While saying the appointment of the acting vice chancellors should be done through the recommendations of the universities’ senates, Maiyaki said the soon-to-be inaugurated governing councils of the universities will appoint acting vice chancellors after their inauguration.


A copy of the letter obtained by journalists in Abuja reads in full, “I write, further to previous communication Ref. No. NUC/ES/138/Vol. 65/88 and dated 27 May 2024, to convey the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, vide its letter Ref. No. FME/TE/CỰ/130/T6/458 and dated 28 May 2024 (copy attached), to the effect that Vice- Chancellors of Federal Universities, who are rounding up their tenures, are to nominate, through the recommendation of their Senates, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor that will oversee the office of the Vice-Chancellor in a temporary capacity.


“The Governing Councils, after their inauguration, will appoint Acting Vice-Chancellors for a period not less than 6 months, during which they will commence the process of appointing a substantive Vice-Chancellors.

“This circular takes pre-eminence over our earlier communication on the same subject.

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