Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has said that policies must be made to attract the best brains to teach in Nigerian universities. He said it would speed up the country’s development.
Babalakin gave the opinion yesterday at UNILAG’s College of Medicine during the valedictory service in honour of the founder of Hygeia HMO Limited and former Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Emmanuel Adeyemo Elebute (CON).
“Prof. Elebute attended CMS Grammar School and studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. He won the Cunningham Medal for Anatomy and Fitzpatrick Scholarship for the best performance in all professional examinations. With all the options available to him, he chose to come back to Nigeria and contribute to the College of Medicine, UNILAG. His CV is one that we should propagate.
“We have been having serious difficulty in attracting the best of scholars to the university system. In the era of the Elebutes and those immediately after them, there was no better thing to do than to be in the academia.
“Various policies have made this unattractive and until we reverse these policies and begin again to attract the best brains to teach in universities, our national development will remain stifled,” Babalakin stated.
In his tribute, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the late Elebute was a “mentor and not a tormentor” as well as a great grammarian.