The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kuhne Foundation to integrate logistics and supply chain into Nigerian universities curriculum.
The Secretary-General of CVCNU, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, who said this in Abuja at a meeting with the foundation, added that seven universities had been selected to pilot the programme.
He said the MoU was aimed at strengthening the local capacities in logistics and supply chain management along the different higher education levels.
He said this also include developing competitive education programmes to meet international standards.
Ochefu said the universities are the First Technical University, Ibadan; Maitama Sule University, Kano; Lagos State University (LASU), Gombe State University, Gombe, among others.
He added that these universities had indicated interest to partner the foundation in offering the course.
“The MOU represents formalisation of a relationship between the selected Nigerian universities and Kuhne foundation.
“The foundation is part of the Kuhne group which is the largest logistics and supply Chain Company of the world, a global leader in logistics and supply chain company development to the world.
“This partnership that we have signed today represent their efforts at coming into the Nigerian space like they said, they have been operating basically in East Africa.
“Now, this is their first time in West Africa and the number justifies that investment.
“Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa when you translate that into logistics and supply chain, you will understand why the biggest player in the world wants to play in Nigeria,” he said.
Ochefu said the foundation had already engaged with the National Universities Commission (NUC), in the last one year to develop a curriculum for logistics and supply chain management in universities.
He said the foundation would support Nigeria in the training of manpower that would be able to teach the courses at the undergraduate level.
“What we have had in the past is transportation and as we all know transportation is the component of logistics and supply chain management.
“So, when they work with NUC to develop the curriculum at the undergraduate level, it is possible to teach logistics and supply chain at the undergraduate level.
“What we are doing here is to help train the manpower at the postgraduate level to be able to teach at the undergraduate level.
“However, we really don’t have qualified manpower for logistics and supply chain management to teach in the Nigeria university system.
“So, part of the training programme has to build that first for this seven universities and we will take it up from there,” he said.
The Country Director of the foundation, Mr Stephen Akuti, said that Nigeria must not be left behind considering the value of logistics and supply chain management to any economy.
Akuti said that the foundation had researched into why Nigerian universities do not offer logistics and supply chain management as a course.
He said that there was need for the country to key into the programme as it was the only means that could trigger economic development.
Akuti said that the foundation was ready to scale up its support for Nigerian universities in the training of manpower at the undergraduate level.
“There are a lot of value in logistics and supply chain education in the world generally and for the Nigeria education system.
“Basically, it is the way the world works, logistics and supply management in education works and we have been working in Nigeria for five years now.
“One of the things we’ve been doing underground is to research why this programme is not available in Nigeria educational system particularly at the undergraduate level.
“We’ve seen those reasons and so we are working with NUC and other stakeholders and today, we are signing MoU with CVCNU to move that level forward to bring those value to Nigeria,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor, First Technical University, Prof. Adesola Ajayi, commended the foundation for the gesture.
He said that the universities would domesticate the teaching of logistics and supply chain management as well as replicate it in other sectors like agriculture.
Prof. Samuel Odewunmi, who represented the Vice Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, called for the inclusion of logistics and supply chain management into the school’s curriculum.
Prof. Ibrahim Umar, Vice Chancellor of Gombe State University, said though the programme may come with its challenges, the challenges would be profitable at the long-run.
He was represented by Dr Charles Zaure of the Gombe State University.
Umar pledged his institution`s participation in the programme.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the appointment of Prof. Olumuyiwa Odusanya as the substantive and pioneer Vice–Chancellor of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu.
Mr Tokunbo Wahab, Special Adviser on Education to the Governor made known in a statement on Wednesday, in Lagos, that the appointment of the VC took effect from Sept. 29.He said that it had become imperative to appoint a substantive Vice- Chancellor for LASUSTECH to ensure that there was no void in the university’s leadership and maintain the necessary stability of the institution.
“Odusanya was born on February 8, 1965, a Professor of Public and Community Health and a Fellow of the Medical College in Public Health and Community Medicine.
“He holds Master of Public Health from the University of Lagos , Professor of Community and Primary Health in the Department of Community Health and Primary Health Care, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Lagos State University,” Wahab said.
He commended and appreciated the LASUSTECH’s former acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Nurudeen Olaleye, for using his experience and good managerial skill to set the new university on a good track.
“Posterity will judge him aright as one of the foundation management heads of the university in the future.
“His efforts will pave the way for the new administration to start on a good pedestal,” the statement read in part.
“Olaleye had been directed by the State Government to resume his duty post as the LASPOTECH’s substantive Rector for the next three years and two months remaining for him to complete his tenure,” Wahab said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on Feb. 8, 2022, the National Universities Commission (NUC) stamped the seal of authority on the establishment of two new specialised universities in Lagos StateNAN reports that the transmuted universities are Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu to the Lagos State University of Science and Technology; and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education to Lagos State University of Education, Ijanikin.
At the take-off of the new university, Sanwo-Olu approved the appointment of the then substantive Rector of the former Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Olaleye, as the acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, pending the appointment of the substantive Vice-Chancellor.
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has described corruption in education sector as stealing the future of the country.
Owasanoye stated this in Abuja at the annual ceremony of the 4th National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector with the Theme: Corruption and the Education Sector.
The event was organised by ICPC in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
It is aimed at highlighting corruption issues bedeviling the Education Sector and providing solutions to tackle the menace.
The ICPC boss said that the commission in collaboration with the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to prevent corruption in the education sector.
“This year we have chosen the theme: Corruption and the Education Sector because corruption in education has been rightly described as stealing the future education being the medium for transmission of knowledge and values.
“Once education sector is corrupted the foundation for future ethical leadership and labour force is destroyed,” he said.
Owasanoye stated that corruption in education manifests in different ways such as recruitment of unqualified or unfit persons to teach at primary, secondary or tertiary levels.
He said admission racketeering; examination malpractice, diversion of revenue for and within the sector, operation of illegal academic institutions especially at the tertiary level, abuse of power and procurement rules by management were things of concern.
He explained that in response to the recent epidemic of sexual harassment in the education sector has led to the creation of a special team on investigation and prosecution of sexual harassment in secondary and tertiary institutions.
“In collaboration with civil society, we are in the process of introducing a model policy on sexual harassment for academic institutions to adopt.
“We have also secured some major convictions including that of a professor.
“With JAMB and DSS, we conducted in 2021 a series of undercover operations across the country on corruption in the university admissions processes leading to the busting of syndicates and arrest of its leaders responsible for compromising IJMB and JUPEB, ” he said.
According to him, the commission in collaboration with the Budget Office and stakeholders met with some MDAs on the recurring surpluses in their payroll to determine proactive measures to improving the budget process.
He said this was done towards separating outright fraud from administrative lapses.
He maintained that ICPC reviewed of special funds meant to improve education delivery such as UBEC and TETFUND revealed continued abuses and breach of procurement standards and compromise of statutory mandates.
He added that while a System Study and Review on SUBEB in six states for 2019-2020 revealed that the intention of UBE law to support states to improve basic education was frustrated by lack of commitment by state governments in not providing matching grants amongst other defaults.
He said, “the capacity and commitment of states and tertiary institutions to access UBE fund and TETFUND respectively as anticipated by law remains highly questionable.
“In support of government’s effort to improve revenue generation, the Commission continues to investigate diversion of tax and other statutory revenues as part of routine investigation and has recovered N1.264 billion this fiscal year.
“As part of the efforts to sanitise the public service and upscale integrity, the Commission has been collaborating with the OHCSF to flush out fake appointments and screen candidates for appointment to position of permanent secretaries amongst other initiatives.
“The findings thus far indicate that many prospective appointees are implicated for financial impropriety, corrupt practice, failure of code of conduct standards and substance abuse.
“The commitment of the Head of Service to clean up the stable by effective pre appointment screening is commendable and ICPC will continue to play its part.
”The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said that Nigeria must fight corruption to be liberated, adding that differences could be made in all sectors no matter how bad it was perceived.
“Nigeria has a bad reputation of being a corrupt society.
Nobody will change that except us.
At a moment, you see people condemning corruption and the next moment, they engage in it.
“We have to sincerely fight it otherwise this nation is doom,” Adamu stated.
He, however, commended the leadership of JAMB for achieving what no other agencies had achieved in recent past.
President Muhammadu Buhari who declared the summit open also presented a Public Service Integrity Award on Mr Daniel Amah, a Superintendent of Police for displaying exceptional courage and integrity in the discharge of his duties.
The summit which featured panel discussion on topics such as “Corruption and Special Initiatives to Improve Education e.
g the Safe Schools Initiative”.
Also, “Corruption at Primary and Secondary Schools – Corrective Measures”, Corruption and Regulatory Initiatives at the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education” and “Corruption at University Level and Education Regulatory Challenges”.
The International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (UNESCO-ICHEI) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria had inaugurated the project on digital transformation of education through teaching and learning.
The project was to be implemented under the International Institute of Online Education (IIOE), Nigeria National Centre, hosted at the ABU Zaria.
The inauguration of the project followed signing of an agreement for Project on Empowering Institutional Policy Implementation for Digital Teaching and Learning in Nigeria.
UNESCO-ICHEI and ABU signed the agreement at a virtual ceremony held at ABU on Wednesday in Zaria.
Prof. LI Ming, Director, UNESCO-ICHEI, signed for UNESCO-ICHEI, while Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, stood in for the university and IIOE Nigeria National Centre.
The Project Manager, Prof. Muhammed Mu’azu, said the project was hinged on the design, development and production of online courses and contents.
“The agreement is on recognition of the importance of digital teaching and learning in realising quality, equitable and inclusive higher education response to the evolving needs of the labour market driven by the widespread use of digital technologies,’’ Muazu said.
In his remarks, Prof. Kabiru Bala, the Vice-Chancellor, ABU Zaria, noted that the digital learning today was the way to go in higher institutions of learning.
He said that the ABU IIOE was redesigned as the International Institute of Online Education (IIOE), Nigeria National Centre in April this year.
He added that as part of ABU’s commitment to the project, the University Senate had in January this year approved the new Teaching and Learning Policy.
According to him, the university Senate also gave the approval for the adoption of Online and Blended Teaching and Learning (OBTL) at all levels of teaching and learning in the university.
Similarly, Prof. LI Ming, Director, UNESCO-ICHEI commended the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Ahmadu Bello University for their commitment to the project.
He added explained that the effort had paid off as the IIOE Nigeria National Centre had now become attractive.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, reiterated Federal Government’s unflinching support to the project.
Rasheed, represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Chris Maiyaki, described the occasion as an “exciting moment” for the Nigerian education sector as the global programme would broaden access to higher education in Nigeria.
Chief Afe Babalola, a legal luminary and Founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), has advocated more capacity building for teachers in order to attain the desired education development.
Babalola made the call on Monday at the 2022 ABUAD Staff Capacity Development Programme at the institution’s premises in Ado-Ekiti.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme had special focus on: “Modern Teaching Method and Pedagogy”.
Babalola stressed the need for university management and Governing Councils to place high premium on application of modern teaching skills through capacity building for the teachers.
According to him, this is necessary for Nigeria to attain a deserved quality and functional education.
Babalola said that the quality of teaching in the country had nosedived across all cadres of education, adding it is the most debilitating factor adversely affecting education standard in the country.
He said that the decayed and obsolete facilities were agitating the minds of many school administrators.
Babalola regretted that the quality of teachers in the pre-independence Nigeria were far more rewarding than what were obtainable currently in the country.
He, therefore, urged stakeholders to design policies that would compel the application of deserved teaching methodologies in schools in order to improve the qualities of graduates being churned out at every stratum of education.
According to him, the most essential factor for achievement of quality and functional education aside modern facilities is modern teaching.
He said that many of his generation would attest to the quality of teachers available in the years preceding independence in Nigeria.
“Teachers in those days were not only knowledgeable in the subjects they thought, they also deployed the best teaching methodology to ensure that knowledge was effectively transferred.
“Regrettably, thing are not what they used to be.
“I know that in states with qualified teachers, the story may not entirely be different.
“It is one thing to provide facilities, while it is entirely different thing for teachers to employ the best teaching practice and methodology in making use of those facilities.
“It is not enough for teachers to possess excellent qualifications in courses or subjects without commensurate ability to impart onto others.
“This is why teaching is a skill that must be learned, cultivated and nurtured,” Babalola said.
In his keynote address, Prof. Peter Okebukola, a former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), said that qualities of teachers has great effect on the attainment of quality and functional education.
Okebukola, who spoke on: “ABUAD: Leading All The Way”, praised the university for working in tandem with NUC’s recommendations.
He said the institution was already aligning with the minimum curriculum standard that would be released by the Federal Government soon.
Also, Prof. Smaranda Olarinde, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, said that lecturers, as teachers of the future leaders, must be professional and practical-oriented, to make graduates relevant under the current economic system.
Olarinde said that ABUAD’s ranking as number one in Nigeria and one of the best 400 in the world must be enhanced further.
According to him, this is by sharpening the mental capacities of lecturers to be able to discharge their duties, by being innovative, skilful and ICT-compliant.
Contributing, Prof. Damilola Olawuyi (SAN), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), said that the university had in 2019 designed a roadmap for the exposure of all academic staff to new technological innovation in Vogue in the teaching professional, to boost learning and research.
Olawuyi said the concept of e-learning has become a global phenomenon that no university could underestimate.
He said that this accounted for the expediency of capacity training to buoy ABUAD’s rating in teaching methodology.
The Sustainable Procurement Environment and Social Standards Enhancement Centre of Excellence (SPESSECE), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has trained 104 staff on Sustainable Procurement Management.
Hajiya Amina Aminu, the Communications Officer, SPESSECE ABU, made this known in a statement issued on Friday in Zaria.
She said that the participants were drawn from departments and units of the university.
Aminu said the training was aimed at developing the sustainable capacity in managing Procurement, Environment and Social standards (PES) in the public, private and academic sectors.
She added that the training was aimed at enhancing the quality and efficiency of social service delivery in the country.
According to her, SPESSCE is an 80 million dollars World Bank capacity building project targeted at sustainably enhancing capacity, developing and implementing curricular for PES in Nigeria by offering professionalism in a sustainable manner.
“The cornerstone for SPESSCE implementation is to create Centres of Excellence (CE) in Nigerian universities to deliver a series of capacity building tracks in a sustainable manner in PES,’’ she said.
Aminu quoted one of the participants, Malam Aliyu Alhaji, as commending the centre for all training arrangements made and attested that the training was impactful.
The participant further commended the Federal Government and National Universities Commission (NUC) for the initiative, expressing optimism that it will lead to national development.
The Federal Government says the African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU), Abuja, will open for registration from Sept. 26 to Nov. 18. The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Friday during a media chat in his office in Abuja.
According to him, the institution will start with B.
Sc Aviation Business and B.
Sc Meteorology and later advance to M.
Sc Air Transport Management in 2023 academic session.
“These are the parts we discussed with the National Universities Commission (NUC).
We will soon unveil the website, which is www.
“However, this will be available soon because we still need to conclude some steps with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) toward activating the website.
“Indeed, it has taken a long time since 2016. We have been on it because it is rigorous exercise.
We need to go through it all with the Commission.
NUC has been very cooperative and supportive,” he said.
Sirika said the federal government would sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) hopefully on Monday with Nile University in Abuja for cooperation and partnership in running the university.
According to him, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) headquarters building at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) will serve as temporary headquarters for the university.
The minister further said that some of the lectures would also be done at Nile University.
Sirika stated that the federal government had given the university land allocation close to the NAIA area for its permanent campus.
According to him, the university is going to be a hybrid university – on campus and online.
“We have the provisional approval by the NUC to continue.
When we satisfy all necessary conditions, then we will have a permanent approval.
“So, for the startup, we will be needing dormitory, cafeteria, laboratories and so on.
We will be partnering with Nile University here in Abuja, ” he said.
He said establishing the university was part of the aviation roadmap to bridge the gap of well-trained aviation personnel and lack of capacity in the sector by correcting inherited inefficiency.
According to him, the institution will be dedicated to provision of a high level of management manpower to run the aviation system in Nigeria from the present to the future.
“Also, we think that it is high time the country went through Research and Development in aerospace and aviation.
“The university will be privatised for more efficiency and more focus to address what is going wrong in our industry like lack of capacity to understand the business itself.
“Aviation is an exact science and technology.
It is a very serious discipline and very dynamic in nature.
You need to move in speed with it.
There is a need for capacity and knowledge to run the business,” he said.
According to the minister, there is need to advance knowledge in aviation to boost national economy to raise Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“As for me as a minister, not the government, this is the most important legacy the administration will leave behind for the coming generation,” he said.
The Federal Government says Labour Market Information System(LMIS) is key for policy making, education planning, career guidance and enterprise strategies.
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this while declaring open a three-day workshop on Labour Market Information System on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ngige, represented by Ms Daju Kachollom, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, said the workshop was imperative towards addressing the problem of unavailability of labour market information.
The minister said that the lack of labour market information had weakened the foundation of national planning and development.
“ This is because LMIS can provide policy-makers and decision-makers with insights into current and future labour market trends.
“Well-established LMIS provide insight into both the supply side and the demand side of the labour market.
“Thus, helping to forecast trends for job seekers, training institutions, enterprises and policy-makers, ’’he said.
Ngige added that the information on wages, working conditions and general labour market conditions were important for a number of stakeholders.
He said that the LMIS would be beneficial for students that were planning their career paths, job seekers that were searching for sustainable employments and enterprises that needed to remain competitive within the market.
He also said that the LMIS would be useful for trade unions that needed information in order to properly represent the interests of their members.
“Similarly, employers also need information on the availability of skilled labour, particularly if they are considering expanding a business line or adding new products and services.
“If we must generate comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date labour market information, there is need for better collaboration to maximise resources available, share information collected “We must create a referral system of job vacancies in order to streamline services for both enterprises and job seekers, ‘’he said.
Ngige, therefore, called for increased collaboration between employment service providers, industrial associations, trade unions, and employers’ organisations required for a successful public employment service.
He, however, said that the current process of accessing LMI was ”unwieldy and cumbersome leading to avoidable waste of time and other valuable resources.
” He added that, it was in a bid to address these challenges that the ministry took the bold initiative to establish the LMIS in collaboration with other stakeholders.
“This is to bring together all the fragmented labour market information that we have across many Ministries and Agencies into one place.
“This is so that it can give tangible results for national policy making.
”Through this innovative approach, users of LMI will be able to access it through this source – the LMIS, ’’he said.
Also speaking, Kachollom,said the purpose of the workshop was to appraise stakeholders on steps taken by the ministry to establish a national Labour Market Information System.
Kachollom, represented by Mr John Nyamail, Director, Employment and Wages in the ministry said that effort had been made in the past to establish labour Observatory in Nigeria and none came to fruition.
According to her, the aims of LMIS were to bring together all the relevant stakeholders and institutions involved in the generation of labour market information in a single platform.
“This will ensure synergy, remove duplication and facilitate evidence-based decision making.
“ The ministry cannot succeed in this endeavor without the active cooperation and involvement of all stakeholders.
“ LMIS focal points for each MDA that will be appointed at the end of this meeting are expected to work with the Team of Consultants on an ongoing basis to ensure the success of this project,’’she said.
Speaking, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) said the commission had been vested with the responsibility of ensuring the orderly development of university education in Nigeria.
Rasheed, represented by Mrs Margret Oyedele, Deputy Director, in the commission, said the LMIS helped to create an overview of the Nigerian Education and Training System.
He said that it also provides an insight into the structure, size and operations of the system.
“It also help to provide an overview of the relevant skills needed to drive our economy as presented and also present brief overview of the economic growth and employment in the country, among others, ‘’he said.
Many parents and candidates seeking admission into the universities for the 20222023 academic session have shifted their interest to private universities.
The News Agency of Nigeria survey in Abia shows that private universities have become feasible alternatives due to the lingering strike by lecturers in public universities.
The nationwide action by the lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has paralysed academic activities in all the federal universities in the country since Feb. 14 The unfortunate development, which has become perennial in the country, appears to have betrayed the people’s confidence in public universities.
Worried by the scenario, many admission seekers in the country, aided by their parents and guardians, have now resorted to private universities.
At Madonna University, Okija in Anambra, the Public Relations Officer, Mr Emeka Okpara, said that most of the courses offered in both the Elele and Okija campuses of the institution were fully subscribed to in the just-concluded academic session.
According to Opara, since JAMB released the 2022 results, many people have been calling to enquire about our admission requirements.
A lecturer in the university, who pleaded anonymity, said the school had already exceeded its quota in some of the courses.
He said that the institution presently stood the risk of being sanctioned by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
At the Tansian University, Umunya in Anambra, a member of staff in the Admission Department said that the university was already experiencing an upsurge in the number of admission seekers.
“We have had good students’ enrollment since the university was established about 15 years ago.
“However, the level of enrollment increased last year,” he said on the condition of anonymity.
He ascribed the development to the ongoing industrial action by ASUU, in addition to the “excellent academic performance” by the institution.
Mr Lawrence Nwaimo, who is seeking admission to Paul University, Awka, said the school had commenced admission for the 20222023 academic session.
Nwaimo said that there were many candidates struggling to gain admission due to the limited chances in the institution.
“I have been going to the university since last week and I usually met a crowd of people in the admission office each time I came there,” he said.
In Ebonyi, the Public Relations Officer, Evangel University, Dr Thenz Nwali, said that the incessant strikes by ASUU and Non-Academic Staff Union in public universities led to more students seeking admission into the institution.
An official in the university’s Admission Department also said on the condition of anonymity that many candidates were coming to the institution to seek admission.
He said: “The incessant strikes in the public universities have pushed up students enrollment in our school.
“Even the candidates who did not have our institution either as first or second choice are coming to seek admission here.
” In Abia, the Vice Chancellor, Clifford University, said that the 20212022 academic session had just ended and that enrollment for the 20222023 session had yet to commence.
“We will begin to enroll new students in October.
“That is when we will start to see the impact of the strike, whether there is an improvement or not.
“So, for now, we do not know what the impact of the strike will be on the enrollment of students,” Omeonu said.
He further said that available statistics from the previous enrollments did not show any increase as a result of ASUU strikes.
Also, Prof. Ambrose Ugbogu, the Vice Chancellor of All Saints University of Theology and Seminary, said that the statistics of the university’s enrollment had not revealed any increase in the past six months.
Ugbogu said that the charges by private universities could be one of the factors discouraging students from switching from public to private universities.
“Also, those who were already admitted into public universities would not want to relinquish their admission,” he said.
He, however, admitted that some undergraduates and parents might begin to contemplate changing institutions, should the strike linger into the commencement of the 20222023 academic session.
Mr Sleek Ogwo, the Principal Assistant , Media and Public Relations, Gregory University, Uturu, said that it would be difficult to give any statistics of enrollment, when admission for the 20222023 had not begun.
Ogwo said that the university had just concluded its 20212022 session and would soon begin the admission process.
“We can only ascertain whether there is an increase in enrollment compared to our previous records around October, when we should be done with admission,” he said.
A parent, who identified herself as Mrs Gloria Duru, said that she had lost interest in public universities because of the incessant disruptions in academic activities due to industrial disputes between ASUU and the Federal Government.
Duru said that the private universities had provided an alternative, provided one could afford the financial resources.
She said that she had been able to secure admission for two of her children at both Cliford University and Gregory University, Uturu.
In Imo, Rev. Fr. Emeka Iheme, a Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Claretian University of Nigeria, Nekede, near Owerri, said the institution was expecting more than double the number of students admitted in the last session.
Iheme said that the university admitted at least 71 students in their first academic session in 2021, when the institution was established.
He said that at least 300 prospective students had so far enrolled for the next session billed to commence in October.
He argued that the ASUU strike could be a factor since parents and guardians were confident that their children and wards would graduate in record time in private universities.
He further opined that the increase in the number of the university’s enrollment could be attributable to the introduction of new courses scheduled to start next session, following their accreditation by NUC.
The Vice- Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said on Tuesday that available statistics pointed to an urgent need for repositioning of universities.
She spoke at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Research and Development Fair, organised by LASU in Lagos.
The theme of the fair was: “Repositioning The Nigerian University System For Global Relevance and Competitiveness In Learning, Research, Innovation And Technological Transfer”.
Olatunji-Bello said that the theme of the research fair was apt in face of the not-too- impressive showing of Nigerian Universities in recent global rankings.
“According to National Universities Commission (NUC) , there are 200 Universities in Nigeria, out of which more than 79 are privately owned, 43 are Federal owned and 48 are state owned.
“In the 2022 webmetrics ranking, there is no single Nigerian University in top 1000 in the world, while the highest ranked is the University of Ibadan at 1207. “The centre for World University ranking in its 2022 report could not rank any Nigerian University in the first 1000, the highest ranked sits at 1172,” she said.
The vice-chancellor said that in a bid to address this, LASU had, in last few years, intensified its effort in research and innovation.
This, she said, culminated in the creation of the Directorate of Research Management and Innovation.
“The Senate of this university is instituting a five million naira research grant for cutting- edge multidisciplinary researches in the University.
“The directorate is also responsible for reviewing research proposals and ensuring that our academics comply with current ethical consideration.
“We want research to maintain its paramount position in LASU, as it is expected in every world class institution of higher learning,” she said.
At the event, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, pledged to build and equip a modern 750-seater lecture theatre for the University.
Orelope-Adefulire said this while delivering her keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the event.
She said that the donation of the lecture theatre was to identify with the ongoing developmental strides in LASU.
“I am always willing and ready to give assistance to the university, both at personal and official levels,” she said.
The presidential aide said there was a need to prioritise inclusive and quality education for all, leaving no one behind.
“My office remains deeply committed to sustaining key partnerships on education to advance the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
“We are looking forward to seeing the innovative pathways for the education sector that will emerge from this innovation fair,” Orelope-Adefulire said.
She said that qualitative and inclusive education was a crucial tool for achieving sustainable livelihood and economic prosperity for families and societies.
“However, it requires strategic investments through the creation of relevant educational programmes; capacity building for academia; and provision of modern technology to improve access to learning that will improve research.
” Investment in research for universities is crucial, however, as Nigeria was grappling to recover from the 2016 economic recession, the recovery was impacted by the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is imperative to reduce these barriers if we truly want to reposition the university in Nigeria,” she said.
Orelope-Adefulire said that achieving this required collaborative efforts in a whole of society approach, to enhance innovation and development, among others, in all educational sectors in Nigeria.