Former President of Ghana, John Mahama has charged African universities to move away from the colonial system of education and focus on science and technology to engender growth and development.
The former President spoke on Friday at the 23rd Convocation ceremony of the Lagos State University (LASU), where he was the chairman of the event.
Mahama said universities must provide visionary leadership and have academic autonomy, while political institutions must also avoid interference with the running of academic institutions.
He said that for African universities to set the tone as African Centers of Excellence, there must be adequate funding, while they must also collaborate with each other in terms of multiple campuses for different specializations in different countries.
“African universities can help bridge the gap created in African countries by focusing on science, technology and innovation which can be the catalysts for the development of Africa,” he stated.