BRIEF ON THE COMMITTEE OF PRO-CHANCELLORS
Pro-Chancellors are the Chairmen of Governing Councils in Nigerian Universities. University Councils have superintending roles over land/properties, finances and general administration of Universities.
The Committee was established in 1987. It started informally when six out of the then set of Chairmen of Governing Councils (led by Chief (Mrs.) Tejumade Alakija) visited the CVC Secretariat located at No. 3, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos on a courtesy visit to the then Secretary-General, late Chief Henry B. Afolabi mni.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss and explore ways of ensuring a smooth and harmonious working relationship of the day to day running of the Universities.
The objectives of the Committee among others include:
- To serve as an avenue for discussing common or peculiar problems relating but not limited to funding by the Proprietor, Inter-University cooperation, maintenance of academic standards, Staff recruitment, International cooperation and linkages, general University development and matters related thereto.
- To serve as a forum through which the opinion on universities can be expressed on matters concerning education in the country.
- To serve as a platform for sharing experiences among colleagues on best practices in order to reduce frictions and move the university system forward.
- To serve as a platform for formulating action plans on national issues to be communicated to Government.
3. MODE OF OPERATION
- The Committee holds its regular meetings quarterly (4 times in a year). However, special meetings can be summoned to discuss issues that require urgent attention and a concerted action taken by all Pro-Chancellors to address the problem.
- The Committee has a Secretariat headed by the Secretary-General who takes appropriate action on all the decisions as may be taken by the Committee at all meetings.
- The Secretariat in consultation with the Chairman liaises with Government Ministries, Parastatals and agencies on matters concerning university education.
THE CURRENT SET OF PRO-CHANCELLORS
Pro-Chancellors are appointed by the Federal Government and they are expected to serve for a period of four years
For record purpose, the present set of Pro-Chancellors is the 5th since the CPC was formally established
- the 1st set was led by Chief (Mrs.) Tejumade Alakija
- the 2nd set was led by Prof. Umaru Shehu
- the 3rd set was led by Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, CON
- the 4th set was led by Chief Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, OFR
- the 5th set was led by Dr. B.O. Babalakin, SAN, OFR
- It is necessary to state here that the CPC has had the privilege of having men of proven integrity to oversee the affairs of the universities and that is responsible for the modest achievement that have been recorded despite the enormous challenges
- The intervention role played by the present set of CPC members has been very remarkable. Members gave their time and resources to dialogue with the Union leaders, Government functionaries and other stakeholders in order to ensure industrial harmony in our universities
- The Federal Government realized the important role o the CPC and agreed that the Implementation Monitoring Committee on the Agreements signed with the Unions should be headed by the Chairman of CPC with other selected Pro-Chancellors to give support as members.
- The CPC is on course, doing everything to maintain peace, stability and progress of the system. It however, requires the support of Government to enable it achieve is mandate to giving quality leadership to the Nigerian University System.
- The name of each Pro-Chancellor is found in the information page of member Universities.
The Secretariat of the Committee is currently headed by the Acting Secretary-General, Mr Adigun O. who is assisted by a number of support staff. The functions of the Secretariat are carried out through the Administrative, Academic and Finance Units.