President Muhammadu Buhari has advised members of Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Campus based unions in Nigerian tertiary institutions to pay close attention to internal governance of the Schools rather focus almost exclusively on governance at the national and sub-national levels in the nation. He challenged them to focus on issues that will
President Muhammadu Buhari has advised members of Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Campus based unions in Nigerian tertiary institutions to pay close attention to internal governance of the Schools rather focus almost exclusively on governance at the national and sub-national levels in the nation.
He challenged them to focus on issues that will help to tackle the problems militating against tertiary education which are “increasingly being ravaged by maladministration, corruption, indiscipline, immorality, and different variants of unethical practices such as sex for grades under their noses.
The president disclosed this in Saturday at the 45th Convocation Ceremony of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
He said the measure would help to restore the citadel of higher learning to their prestige glory and their revered positions as ivory towers in society.
Buhari who was represented by the Deputy Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Suleiman Ahmed Yusuf, described over indigenization and over localization of Nigerian Universities as unacceptable.
According to Buhari, the visitor of the University of Benin who relied on a democratic survey on admission in Nigerian tertiary institutions, said his administration was aware of the ongoing efforts by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to undertake a comprehensive review of the benchmark to improve academic standard and reform the curricula in all academic disciplines in the Nigerian Universities system”.
He assured that the move was in consultation with all the Universities and other critics stakeholders so as to ensure that graduates from Nigerian Universities acquire the requisite skills, knowledge, and altitude that are relevant to national development and global competitiveness in today’s knowledge economy.
In these regard, he said, “Universities must evolve innovative strategies for Curricula development, the evolution of new academic programmes and continue to make deliberate efforts to intensity the building of the capacity of Staff to ensure that at the cutting edge of the frontier of knowledge and have the contemporary digital and pedagogical skills to facilitate the acquisition of the 21st Century skills without which graduates of our Universities will be at the great disadvantage.
“Moreso, with the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. Such new Curricula must address and proffer solutions to bridge the perceived skills and knowledge gap between labour market expectations and what graduates bring to the labour market which presently appear to blight the quality of our graduates.
“I advice ASUU and other Campus base Unions to pay closer attention to issues about the internal governance of the Universities and other tertiary institutions rather than focus on almost exclusively on governance at the national and sub-national levels while the universities are increasingly being ravaged by maladministration, corruption, indiscipline, immorality, and different variants of unethical practices such as sex for grades right under their noses.
“I therefore challenge the unions to beam their spotlight in the way and manner in which Universities are being governed so that together, we will succeed in restoring the citadel of higher learning to their prestige glory and their revered positions as ivory towers. and indeed, there is absolutely no room for corrupt practices as our government will swiftly apply sanctions against anyone proven to be culpable”, he said.
“Against this backdrop, our Universities obviously need to do more to achieve internationalization especially in these era of globalization. Unfortunately, a critical examination of our Universities through the prism of industrialization in view, is less than complementary picture.
“As a matter of fact, a look at the demographic of the various Nigerian Universities, reveal a preponderance of over localization and over indigenization with only a few Universities including those owned by the federal government having a semblance of national institutions in terms of the national spread of their national spread and students population. How then can such Universities feature of the well round on the criterion of the percentage of national students and Staff in the works ranking of Universities?. This is definitely unacceptable to the government.
“Universities should be more broad minded, less parochial and eschew over indigenization. Federal Universities are expected to among other things, promote national unity, religious and cultural tolerance and mutual respect. Consequently, government hereby direct all federal Universities to ensure that henceforth, every local government, all States, and all Geo-political zones are represented in their admission for new entrance.
“Accordingly, I have directed the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) and the National Universities Commission (NUC) to ensure compliance, commencing from the 2020 admission season.
“In addition, NUC and JAMB, have been directed to thereafter carryout a comprehensive students audit to ascertain compliance”, he said.
Earlier in an address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, recalled his achievements in the past five years.
In a remark, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Dr. Daniel Dimulak Mwamut, appealed to the federal government to intervene in the gully erosion menace in section A portion of the institution.
TheNewspad reports that the Spokesman of the University of Benin, Mr Michael Osasuyi, was among the 273 graduands that bagged Phd.