Written by Godfrey AKON

FG takes steps to curb leadership rivalry in education parastatals

As part of efforts to curtail the rivalry between boards and management of education Parastatals, the Federal Government has charged Chairmen of Boards and Chief Executive Officers of the agencies not to confuse their roles as spelled out by enabling laws.

Speaking at a one-day consultative workshop for Chairmen of Boards and CEOs of Education Parastatals in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, regretted that boards and management of education institutions, agencies and Parastatals were at daggers drawn.

Adamu, who reminded them of their separate responsibilities, said there was need for clarity of duties to achieve synergy as what the boards and management set to achieve in their organisations was proportional to their unity of purpose.

Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, the minister said the workshop was aimed at achieving unity of purpose between the boards and management of the agencies.

“Needless to add, achieving unity of purpose is the whole [point of this get-together; but sadly to admit, this is missing in many cases. Today, the boards and managements of our institutions, agencies and parastatals are at daggers drawn,” he said.

The minister further stated that the rivalry between the boards and managements has greatly hindered progress in the institutions, adding that lack of role clarity was the main problem as it has created frictions and bad blood among them.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono, said the workshop was to foster understanding and cooperation between the board and the management of various parastatals in the sector.

Echono noted that the programme would also keep them abreast with the guiding rules for the performance of their duties as well as the enabling law for each organisation, stressing that the law spells the roles and responsibilities of both the board and the management, procedures, composition of the board, composition of the core management among others.

He disclosed that participants would also be drilled on public service rules and procurement laws among others.

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