Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

New Universities: decision 'ill timed'

13 January 2013, 09:01

Lagos - Stakeholders in the education sector have criticised the Federal Government’s plan to establish three additional universities, saying rather the existing ones should be strengthened.

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of three additional federal universities in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the three new universities are to be sited in Kebbi, Zamfara and Yobe states.

Reacting, the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Isa Fagge, said that the establishment of more universities was not the solution to the challenges in the sector. Fagge said that though the union was in support of more Nigerians having access to quality education, however, the proliferation of universities was an additional burden to personnel cost.

 According to him, what government needs to do is to provide adequate funds to take care of existing universities in order to achieve their goals.

"The position of the union regarding the proliferation of universities in the country is clear.

"In as much as we are interested in creating access to education for citizens, there is the need for us to also consider other factors that come with it.

"We should first take a survey of the needs of the existing ones, including the nine that were recently established,” he said.

The ASUU president said that government also needed a medium and long term plan to see to the growth of the universities over a period of years. He identified research funding as a critical area of the university system that over the years had been neglected by successive governments. Fagge said that when these challenges were addressed, it would boost the production of high level manpower needed for the advancement of the country. He said that the nine other universities recently established were ill equipped and lacked the required personnel to assist in ensuring that the institutions met their mandates.

"Most of our colleagues go there to serve as visiting or sabbatical staff, which according to him was negatively affecting the already existing ones," Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, the Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota said that the establishment of the three new universities was ill time. He said that politically, government was right in giving every state a sense of belonging, but the action would put a lot of pressure on personnel in these universities as well as the already existing one.

"I do not think the establishment of these universities will raise the quality of education in the country. "I am not saying this because I belong to the academics, of course, the more the merrier. "But my argument is that we must not use the establishment of universities as a political tool.

"We must also try and get our priorities right in order not to put ourselves under some kind of pressure,” he said. Similarly, Dr Olubunmi Ajibade, a senior lecture, Mass Communication Department, University of Lagos, called for strengthening of existing universities by way of better funding. According to him, adequate funding of researches in universities is necessary for them to rank among the world’s best. Ajibade said that creating more universities was not what the sector needed at this time but rather government should focus on enhancing best practices.

- NAN

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
The trouble with Buhari’s approac...

The recent massacre of scores of fellow Igbo and brethren in our homeland by the invading and marauding Fulani herdsmen is not just heart-rending but …  Read more...

Submitted by
MRS CONCERN
Kogi poly lecturers’ extortion fr...

The standard of education in Nigeria has fallen, but what is currently happening in Kogi state polytechnic is very bad. Read more...

Submitted by
Ogbo Awoke Ogbo
'History will destroy you if you ...

Nigeria is not dealing with religion. Nigeria is not dealing terrorism. Nigeria is not dealing with ethnic suspicion and tribal hatred - we really don't have issues with each other on personal levels. Read more...

Submitted by
Don Tommy
Like Nnamdi Kanu, like Saro-Wiwa

We all are watching as history is repeating itself in Nigeria in the most dramatic of fashions. We may recall that after Obasanjo handed over to Shagari in 1979... Read on Read more...

Submitted by
Anagbogu Chukwudi
Relooting the loots

For many years, the Nigerian antigraft agency, the EFCC has been allegedly recovering funds looted by prominent office holders. Read more...

Submitted by
Daniel Evo
The way forward to achieve peace ...

Nigeria as a country has failed in many ways such as religion, ethnicity ,believe, leadership,Democratic conduct. Read more...