The Presidential Visitation Panel to the University of Calabar recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari is set to visit the institution, just as it called on staff, students and other members of the University Community to submit memoranda on any or all aspects of the Panels terms of reference for the period 2011-2020.
The call for memoranda was conveyed in a letter signed by the University Registrar, Mr. Gabriel Egbe.
According to the letter, the panels terms of reference include; to inquire into the level of implementation of the white paper on the last visitation panel(2004-2010), to look into the leadership quality of each university in terms of the roles of Governing Council, the Vice Chancellors and other Principal officers, to look into financial management of each institution including statutory allocations and Internally Generated Revenue over the recommended period and determine whether it was in compliance with appropriate regulations.
The panels terms of reference also seeks to investigate the application of funds particularly the special grants, loans meant for specific projects in order to determine the status of such projects and its relevance for further funding, as well as, examine the adequacy of staff development programmes in the University, to examine the general security in the University and how the University has dealt with it and recommend appropriate measures to deal with it.
The terms of reference also include: To determine the relationship between the University and the various statutory bodies it interacts with according to its law for the purpose of supervision, planning, finance, discipline, guidance and any other relationship the University may have in dealing with the said bodies including University Governing Council, the National Universities Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education as well as the Visitor.
The letter also said the terms of reference is also to examine the Law establishing the University including the relationship between various internal organs, units and officers and indicate ways the law has been observed by the competent authorities and also suggest any modifications to the law considered necessary or desirable to enable the University to better achieve its objectives, to trace the historical evolution of the University and take stock of its net achievements and problems as well as its style and sense of direction and advise on what fundamental or expedient corrections are needed to enable the University to better achieve the objectives set for it.
The terms of reference is also to examine the process and structures of the mechanisms for the discipline of students in each University in order to ascertain compliance with due process of the rule of law.
The memorandum, according to the letter, should be submitted in 10 copies to the Secretary, Presidential Visitation Panel, Council Chambers, of the University of Calabar.
The letter also stated that staff, students and other members of the University community will be invited to appear before the panel to defend their submission.