The President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has reappointed Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed as the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), for a second term of five years.
The letter conveying the approval and signed by Hon. Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu said the reappointment was with effect from 1st August 2021.
According to the letter “the appointment shall be under the same terms and conditions including remunerations and fringe benefits as your first term and as stipulated in the National Universities Commission Act.”
Mal. Adamu Adamu congratulated Prof. Rasheed and wished him a successful tenure.News of the reappointment was greeted with wild jubilation at the NUC headquarters as staff poured out of their offices onto the corridor chanting solidarity songs expressing gratitude to the President for reappointing “Baba Rasheed.”
Similarly, the President also approved the reappointments of Prof Ishaq Oloyede as the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for a second term of five years and Dr. Hamid Bobboyi as Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC for a second term of four years.
A release by the Federal Ministry of Education said the reappointments were based on the recommendations of Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
The release further said that Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe was reappointed as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) for a second term of four years while Prof. Promise Mebine was freshly appointed as the Director/ Chief Executive of the National Mathematical Centre for an initial tenure of five years.
It would be recalled that Prof. Rasheed was initially appointed on the 1st of August, 2016, on a five-year renewable tenure, which ended on the 1st of August, 2021.
Early callers to congratulate the commission on the reappointment described Prof. Rasheed as a pillar of university education in the country who “should keep leading the Nigerian University System (NUS) at this point in time,” according to one of the callers.
Some of his achievements exciting the Nigerian University system include the ongoing massive overhaul of the curriculum of the Nigerian University System, now in its final stages and consistent Quality Assurance drive.