The Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, has urged the university authorities across the country to maintain very high level academic disciplines and integrity.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the minister made the call when members of the University of Nigeria (UNN) Alumni, Abuja branch, paid a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Monday.
“This is very important because a lot of people send their children abroad and spend millions of dollars to train their children outside the country; when we have a premier institution like the UNN, among others.
“Our certificates are recognized anywhere in the world but a lot more needs to be done for us to justify the Federal Government’s investments in education.
“This is by turning out first class graduates; graduates of world class standard that can stand the challenge of defending their chosen area of discipline anywhere in the world whenever they are called to do so.
“Also in trying to orient our students, I want to appeal to our lecturers in various campuses to maintain high level of discipline in their dealings with the students. This is very important, as I have always said the lecturers must take the students as their children.
“Treat them like your children and in that way, you will not be able to oppress them,” the minister stated.
The minister also called out to alumni associations to partner with the university authorities in curbing cultism on the campuses and instill discipline in the students.
The Vice President of the Alumni, Abuja branch, Prof. Peter Onwalu, stated that the visit was to familiarize with the minister who also finished from UNN and also to formally invite the minister to the association’s dinner and award night programs on the 29th of November.