Nigerian universities need autonomy to compete with global counterparts – Don

For Nigerian universities to compete with their counterparts in the world, there is the need for the universities to have academic, administrative and financial autonomy.

The pro-chancellor and chairman of council, Osun State University, Professor Yusuf Ali stated this while delivering a lecture marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Emeritus Professor Michael Omolewa held in Ibadan.

Professor Ali, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, explained that the advancement of the Nigerian universities was being constrained by inherent weaknesses in appointment, the nature of Nigerian laws, tribalism and ethnicity, multiplicity of regulators, professionalization of unionism, and lack of academic culture among others.

Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education, Professor Abba Abubakar, Head of Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan, Professor Kester Ojokheta and former Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, Professor Rashid Aderinoye described Professor Micheal Omolewa as a seasoned lecturer who had impacted many adult education and literacy experts in Nigeria.

 In an interview, the celebrant, Professor Micheal Omolewa who was a former permanent delegate and ambassador of Nigeria to UNESCO from January 2000 to August 2009, expressed gratitude to God for his achievement attaining 80 years.

Professor Omolewa was a pioneer of adult education and literacy not only in the University of Ibadan but also in Africa.

He was also a deputy chair of the governing board of the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Rotimi Famakin

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