Wives of vice-chancellors of Nigerian varsities are set to embark on a five-day trip to Turkey for what they described as a “leadership course.”


The proposed trip was contained in a letter issued by the committee of vice-chancellors of Nigerian universities and seen by TheCable Lifestyle.

According to the letter dated May 5 and signed by Yakubu Ochefu, the committee’s secretary-general, the event is scheduled to hold between July 18 and 23 in Istanbul.

Ochefu also disclosed that each of the vice-chancellors’ wives gracing the programme is expected to pay the sum of N1.5 million as course form.


“We understand the vital role spouses play in supporting vice-chancellors as they execute their day-to-day administration of universities. It is therefore imperative, that capacity-building exercises be put in place for the women in academics and spouses of vice-chancellors in Nigerian universities,” the letter read.

“In this regard, the committee’s secretariat, in partnership with Win Institute for Gender Studies, Nigeria in collaboration with her Turkey-based learning partner, Istanbul Egitimler, have put together a 5-day leadership & management masterclass, and fellowship induction for spouses of vice-chancellors, women academics and higher education leadership in Africa.”

The development comes amid the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


ASUU had on February 14 declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.

But on March 14, the union extended the industrial action by eight weeks, citing the government’s failure to fully address its demands.

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