Obong Victor Attah, ex Governor of Akwa Ibom state, has lamented over the rising rot in the country’s tertiary education system which he described as the bane for the socio-economic problem bedeviling the growth of the country as a nation.
Victor Attah stated that the admission processes, demand and extortion of gratification from parents and students before offering admission to prospective students were endangering the quality of students churned out of the universities yearly.
The former Governor made this known while delivering a lecture at the 2nd University of Uyo (UNIUYO) Distinguished Registry Lecture on the theme: Knowledge Management, Professionalism, and the Survival in the Nigerian Universities”.
He said factors which have made the universities unable to contribute to development of the country included certificate racketing, plagiarism among staff and syudents.
“Collecting bribes from students to give them admission even when they met all the entry requirements and giving admission to unqualified students after receiving bribes are some of the reasons Nigerian universities are no longer centres of knowledge development and professionalism,” he stated.
Attah advised that programs supervision and accreditations in the university should not be a scam if truly Nigerian universities want to survive and warned that any university that operated without adequate motivating workforce could not be innovative and bound to face difficulties in knowledge generation and management.
He also added that for the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) to attain the enviable height status as a world class tertiary institution, it had to develop knowledge and skills in its products.