BY KAYODE ANIMASAUN
A former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola has expressed confidence in the ability of Nigerian Universities to solving various challenges facing the country, if better funded.
Prof. Okebukola stated this while delivering the combined convocation lecture of the Elizade University, ilara-mokin, Ondo state.
In the lecture titled ‘Does Nigerian University System fit the development cap of Nigeria?, Prof. Okebukola explained that the university system could only contribute based on the available resources within its capacity.
The current chairman of the Governing Board of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) who went down memory lane on the feats recorded by Elizade university system in national development said Nigerian Universities were faced with challenges, militating against their contribution to better the country.
Prof. Okebukola highlighted the challenges as lack of adequate funding, research capacity deficit, poor curriculum delivery, and policy incoherence and implementation inconsistency.
He however described as unfair and untrue, the notion in some quarters that Nigerian Universities were producing half baked graduates.
Prof. Okebukola commended the management Elizade university for setting a global standard among other tertiary institutions.
The former NUC boss Specifically congratulated Elizade university on the NUC accreditation of all 24 programmes in Administration, Agriculture, Arts, Engineering, Law, Sciences and Social Sciences.
In a remark, the Vice Chancellor, Elizade University, Prof. Olukayode Amund described the non establishment of Vocational schools as a major flaw to the implementation of 6:3:3:4 system of education.