NOUN visitation panel to probe funds, insecurity

National Open University of Nigeria

The seven-man presidential visitation panel set up by the Federal Government to look into the affairs of the National Open University of Nigeria has commenced work with ten terms of reference.

During a meeting with the governing council of the institution, the chairman of the panel, Isa Sali, told journalists that they would “Investigate the application of funds, particularly the special grants and loan meant for particular projects in order to determine the statue of such projects and their relevance for further funding.”

Others included examining “the general security in the University and how the University has dealt with it and recommend appropriate measures.”

According to him, the meeting is to seek the support of the governing council on best strategies to carry out the assignment.

The Federal Government had a few weeks ago set up and inaugurated visitation panels to all federal Universities and Inter-University Centers in Nigeria.

Sali said the role of the panel was to examine the financial management of NOUN, including statutory allocations and internally generated revenue over the recommended period.

He said the panel would “inquire into the level of implementation of the white paper on the last visitation report, to examine the quality of the leadership of the University in terms of the role of the governing board, the vice chancellor and other principal officers.