A Monday pronouncement by the Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu, has dissolved the governing boards of all federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
The president, by the pronouncement, has also dissolved the governing board of all parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education (FME).
According to a statement by the Director, Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, Mr Tinubu approved the dissolution of all governing boards of all federal government parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has approved the immediate dissolution of the Governing Boards of all Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies, Institutions, and Government-Owned Companies in the exercise of its constitutional powers and in the public interest,” Mr Bassey wrote.
There are, however, some exceptions to the president’s sweeping order.
According to the statement, the president “exempted boards, commissions and councils listed in the Third Schedule, Part 1, Section 153 (i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.”
But there is no parastatal under the education ministry that is exempted from the order.
A review of Section 153(I), first part of the third schedule of the Nigerian constitution, shows that the exempted parastatals include: the Code of Conduct Bureau, Council of State, Federal Character Commission, Federal Civil Service Commission, Federal Judicial Service Commission, and the Independent National Electoral Commission.