The Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has advised academics to return to the academia and that universities are not dumping grounds.
The SAN gave the urge at UNILAG’s 50th Convocation ceremony, where he said he believed strongly that the most important area in any nation’s development is the quality of its education because that is where training happens and leaders are produced.
He explained that no effort must be spared in improving the educational system, noting that the time had come to create an environment that would attract the best scholars to universities and this can be done by enhancing the remuneration of teachers.
“This is a citadel of learning and we must achieve this goal. It will be tough and there will be resistance, but that is the only way out. Universities must be driven by merit. Only academics should find themselves in the academia. We must create an environment that would attract the best scholars,” Babalakin stated.
The lawyer added by saying that while he believed that education should be substantially free, to the extent that a nation can afford it, “if we had to choose between quality education and free education, we must choose quality education.”
“We must have universities that can attract the best academics and the universities should have the resources to keep those academic,” Babalakin added.