The Director of the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV), Ajara, Badagry, Lagos State, Prof. Lateef Ayeleru, has paid his first official visit since his appointment as the Director of NFLV early this year to the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu and his team, recently.
The visit was targeted at presenting the NFLV Boss to the Head of Commission, as the Institution operates under the ambit of the National Universities Commission.
Prof. Ayeleru also seized the opportunity to brief the Executive Secretary on the success of the tripartite agreement jointly signed by the National Universities Commission, the Lagos State University and the Nigeria French Language Village as regards the promotion of academic staff.
He informed the NUC Boss that the Lagos State University has fulfilled its own part of the agreement by assessing some deserving NFLV Senior Lecturers for the position of Associate Professor. It was recalled that the agreement was signed at the tail end of the tenure of Prof. Raufu Adebisi, the former Director/CEO of the Village.
Furthering, the Director briefed the Executive Secretary of the outcome of his courtesy visit to the French Ambassador and enumerated the challenges of inadequate funding confronting the Inter-University Centre largely due to delisting from TETfund beneficiary.
Prof. Abubakar congratulated Prof. Lateef Ayeleru on his deserving appointment as Director/CEO of Nigeria’s sole Inter-University Centre for French Studies, and lauded the frantic effort of the immediate past Director in ensuring that the Centre aligns itself with the Commission which is the statutory body that regulates Nigerian Universities and Inter-University Centres.
The Executive Secretary also commended the new Chief Executive for following the footsteps of his predecessor by strengthening the newly re-established bond between the Commission and the Language Centre.
Responding to issues raised, Abubakar was pleased to know that the tripartite agreement aimed at resolving the problem of stagnation of academic staff was yielding a fruitful result, adding that the case of the Nigeria French Language Village was the first in which the Commission has successfully mediated in that regard.
On the outcome of the CEO’s visit to the French Embassy, the Executive Secretary promised to make concrete moves to strengthen the existing collaborations between the French Embassy and the Nigerian University System in the area of technical support to French teaching and learning.
Responding to the delisting of the Centre from Tetfund beneficiary list, he stated that the issue will be resolved when tetfund act is amended to accommodate Inter-University Centres.