The Federal Government has approved a total of N2 billion take-off grant for the four newly established Universities of Education, as administrative and running costs.
Dr Nnamdi Olebara, the Special Adviser, Media, to the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja in an interview with newsmen.
It would be recalled that the Federal Executive Council on May 22 approved the upgrade of the four Federal Colleges of Education to Universities of Education.
They are: Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Federal College of Education, Kano and Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri.
The Minister’s aide said Shekarau made the announcement at a meeting with provosts and governing councils of the new universities in Abuja.
Olebara said the Minister had directed TETFund to disburse the approved sum of N500 million to each of the four universities.
He said the minister assured the provosts and members of the governing councils that they would be retained.
He said: “The old laws establishing the colleges of education will be repelled in due course and the appropriate legislatures will regularise the universities of education.’’
Olebara explained that the Minister made concerted efforts to get the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to approve the upgrading because of the need to promote teacher education.
He expressed optimism that the upgrade would attract more Nigerians into the teaching profession with a view to producing first class brains as teachers.
“The National Universities Commission and the National Commission for Colleges of Education will supervise the transition of these institutions to their new status.
“Government will appoint Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors for the new institutions.’’
“The provosts will become the Deputy Vice-Chancellors in the interim as the Federal Government has directed that no Vice-Chancellor will serve in his or her zone of origin,’’ Shekarau said.
Shekarau, therefore, assured the provosts and members of the governing councils of the affected colleges of education that under this arrangement, they would all be absolved within the new universities without having to lose their jobs.