The problems with UniAbuja, by minister
THE Minister for National Planning and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, at the weekend identified leadership as well as politics of primordial issues and sectionalism as the bane of the University of Abuja.
Speaking when he received the institution’s Vice Chancellor in his office, the minister expressed displeasure over the state of affairs in the 30- year- old varsity.
The university, he lamented, has occupied a temporary structure not befitting of a primary school for 18 years.
The minister, who was until his appointment, a lecturer with the university said: “University of Abuja has been there for the past 30 years. You have enough problems you are contending with.
“It is not a university that one could be proud of now in terms of facilities, in terms of attention from the private sector.
“We have the manpower but the motivation in terms of working environment is not there. One of the problems we have in the institution is the way the university was set up in the first instance.”
He said the decision to involve university lecturers in the monitoring of government projects across the country is to give the process the needed credibility.
He said that it was part of the mandate of the commission to monitor government projects, pointing out 12 lecturers from the university will be involved in the monitoring of the projects in various parts of the country.
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