Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the re-appointed Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) says he would continue to provide good leadership to the Nigerian university system as well as the Commission.
Professor Rasheed stated this on Monday, August 23, after the announcement of his re-appointment by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
He applauded the Nigerian university system for its continued support and cooperation, describing the successful leadership of the system as a product of collective responsibility.
“The university community has been growing phenomenally in the last few years with more federal universities coming on board, more state universities are being established and the number of private universities is also increasing almost every year and in such a way that we almost have a 50/50 ratio of all the institutions,” he said.
“No one person can claim credit alone for major breakthrough or achievement especially when we talk about the leadership of the Nigerian university system, it is a collective responsibility.”
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his re-appointment, saying the next five years places on him a heavy burden of huge responsibility.
“I am grateful to God Almighty for creating this opportunity, I am also grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for accepting the recommendation of my re-appointment.”
“I will not promise anything new but I would rather say that what we have been doing, we will do our best to continue those things we think we have been doing.”
He appealed for the support of the management of the NUC as well as the staff saying he hopes they will continue to show more understanding.
Dr Rahman Yusuf, the Deputy Executive Secretary(Academics) of the NUC, described the re-appointed Executive Secretary as an administrative guru, he added that Prof Rasheed has a lot more to offer the Nigerian University system.