NOUN visitation panel urges cooperation at maiden sitting

The Presidential Visitation Panel set up for the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) began its maiden sitting at the permanent site of the university on Monday in Abuja.

Chairman of the panel, Alhaji Isa Bello Sali, a former head of service of the federation said during its maiden meeting that it was in line with the mandate given to it by the federal government when similar panels were set up for all tertiary institutions few weeks ago.

According to him, “Visitation panels are not new in the education sector. They are integral parts of the ivory tower concept and so what we are here to do in the next few weeks are not strange, but a continuation of a practice and a tradition that is perhaps centuries old.

“In fulfillment of the mandate of the panel, members noted that a good starting point for the assignment would be for the panel to knock on the doors of the university by meeting with the governing council to seek its support and blessings without which the assignment cannot succeed.”

Part of the terms of reference, he noted, is to inquire into the level of implementation of the white paper on the last visitation panel, examine the quality of leadership of the university in terms of the role of governing board, the vice chancellor, principal officers, among other terms.

Earlier in his welcome address, the pro-chancellor of the university, Prof Peter Okebukola, said the university is proudly one of the best in the continent, stressing that it is for that reason emphasis is placed both on quality and quantity.

He therefore assured the panel of maximum cooperation in order to succeed on their assignment.

Other members of the committee are Builder Jude Jimade, Arch John Alkali, Alh Ibrahim Idris, Prof Adewale Noah, Prof Ephraim Chukwuocha and Dr Kareem Lateef.

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