The former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to revisit the Autonomy Act and consider granting Nigerian universities full financial autonomy for optimum performance.
He said, ‘’I served as a member of the University Autonomy Committees in 2001 as the Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors. In the final analysis, the universities had partial autonomy. They were given administrative autonomy but not financial autonomy. If universities want true autonomy, the Act should be revisited.”
Speaking on the theme, ‘The Nigerian Education System at a Crossroads,’ during the third convocation of KolaDaisi University, Ibadan, Oyo State, held at the Agbeke Memorial Hall of the university, Okojie suggested that the public universities should act as enterprises.
He, however, noted that they should generate funds in agreement with the government policies while stretching hands of cooperation to the private sector for effective collaboration in research and services provision.
According to the Punch, the former NUC scribe condemned the domination of university councils by politicians, stating that the University councils should not be dominated by political stalwarts who are professional politicians.