Okojie bows out, Mafiana takes over NUC

Prof Julius Okojie of NUC

Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, New Acting Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC)
Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, new Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC)

Prof. Julius Okojie on Monday in Abuja completed his tenure as Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) after serving two terms of five years apiece.

Okojie handed over to Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, Deputy Executive Secretary 1, who would operate in an acting capacity.

Okojie was appointed on Aug. 3, 2006.

In a farewell remark, he said he was able to achieve much because of teamwork.

He said the university system was better at present than he met it.

“I came for the restoration of the glory of the Nigerian university system.

“NUC, as a regulatory body, has come of age and will continue to improve”, he said.

He said he was going back to the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta to teach.

In his response, Mafiana said he was delighted to serve as the acting executive secretary.

He said he had been working with NUC since 2003 but formally joined the commission in 2007.

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Mafiana said he was Director, Executive Secretary’s Office, Director, Quality Assurance, Deputy Executive Secretary1 and Deputy Executive Secretary 11.

He commended Okojie for his meritorious service to the nation as the executive secretary of NUC.

“On behalf of my colleagues, we pledge to continue to regulate the universities with courage and carry all stakeholders along.

“Not much will change; I count on you to give me as much support as you gave Okojie while it lasts”, he said.

Deputy Executive Secretary 11, Ibrahim Daniya, described Okojie as a courageous and visionary leader.

He said the staff of the commission would miss his benevolence and wisdom.

Mrs. Constance Goddy-Nnadi, Director, Office of the Executive Secretary, NUC, said Okojie came to the commission with an objective to improve the Nigerian university system.

She said Okojie worked with passion and energy as he left an indelible mark in the university system.

The highlight of the event was the launch of the third-quarterly magazine of African Centres of Excellence by Okojie.