Proliferation fails national goals – Staff union

In spite of the proliferation of universities in Nigeria, national development goals have not been met, the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ University of Lagos Chapter has said, reports Premium Times.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities Chairperson, Dele Ashiru, noted that with more universities across the country, the system had not produced the expected results. “Every now and then we see new universities springing up without really trying to find out what impact the existing ones have made in the political, social and economic development of the country. “I dare say that the unbridled proliferation of universities in the country is, in fact, one of the reasons why the system is not producing the functional results that it should produce.”

Ashiru said there was an urgent need for existing universities, whether public or private, to be well equipped to address the challenges of the country, and rather than establishing more universities, the existing ones should be strengthened and equipped to make them become more relevant to national development. “We do not want politicians or people who have failed in the banking sector and cannot find employment in the industry, who will now use the system as a last resort.”
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