Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Prof. Ikenna Oynyido, an emeritus Professor from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) have described some Nigerian universities as false impression of the real ones.
Report revealed that the duo, who spoke at a valedictory lecture and book presentation of Prof. Oynyido, at UNIZIK, said the university eduvation has fallen greatly compared to what was obtainable in the 60s and 70s.
The two Professors stated that mediocrity has taken over the country’s university system with many who have no business being in the system.
Prof. Oynyido, while delivering his lecture titled “The anti-thesis of a rolling stone that gathered moss”, said university education had so degenerated, that many professors could do no serious academic works.
The former VC of University of Agriculture, Umudike, stated that most universities in Nigeria existed as caricatures.
“Nigeria is the only country in the world where any person and every person can teach in the university. University should be a repository of knowledge where philosophers and theologians should occupy. To be academic, you must have some temperament,” he stated.
“We produce ill-equipped graduates and they go to one political heavyweight, who gives them a letter and they are employed as teachers in the universities. We need to decide on what we need as university,” he added.
Prof, Ogunyemi, while speaking with pressmen, said the quality of university education was falling because politicians refused to pay adequate attention to education, adding that university education has become an all comers’ affair because of neglect by government over the years. He said since the return of democracy, education has not received desired attention.
“We have people who have no business in the universities as lecturers or administrators but they are occupying positions. Nobody can give what he does not have,” Ogunyemi stated.