FOLLOWING the crisis that engulfed the University of Abuja, the Federal Government has set up a 45-man special visitation panel to probe the activities of the institution in the last 24 years of establishment.
Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, who inaugurated the seven-team visitation panel, in Abuja, on Wednesday, said President Goodluck Jonathan approved the constitution of the panel to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the institution.
The panel, headed by Dr Theo Chike Osanakpo, had six weeks to submit its report to the government for necessary action.
The panel is to carry out a full and detailed forensic audit of financial management of the institution from 1988 when it was established to date.
The panel is also to examine the admissions procedures and the general administration of examinations and make appropriate recommendations for improvement.
Professor Rufa’i said the University of Abuja had, in recent times, witnessed unprecedented challenges in the quality of academic programmes, financial and project management, infrastructure, learning resources and leadership style.
She added that immediate community of Abuja had had to bear the brunt of the spill-over of student’s anger and frayed nerves arising from systemic failures in the university.