Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the state of Osun says it is high time the universities in Nigeria woke up from their slumber and develop a capacity to meet the world class standard in order to overcome the challenges of these present times
He stated that this wake up call becomes imperative in order to bring a desired development to the country and make the Nigerian Universities’ impact felt in the present competitive world.
Governor Oyetola made the call in Osogbo on Thursday at the maiden edition of Tunde Ponle Annual lecture under the auspices of Osun State University Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute held at the University main Campus which was delivered by the Speaker of the Federal House Representatives Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy Mr Benedict Alabi said it is very disheartening that universities in the country are still far from the bottom of the 21st century University ladder which he described as national disgrace.
The Governor while describing it as very apt, the topic of the lecture which was, “Building a truly 21st Century University: A task beyond Government”, said this is a challenge to all the stakeholders of the University education in Nigeria
He then admonished all the stakeholders to truly play their roles adequately to make the Universities in the country competitive in these challenging times.
He stated that this requires concerted efforts by the government, the universities’ proprietors, the alumni, corporate organisations, staff and students as well as collaboration with recognised Universities in the world.
“As a nation, we must all resolve to build institutions that will compete with their peers globally and deliver the development that we desire.
“The essence of the theme of this Lecture is to galvanise the universities in Nigeria to meet world-class standard and produce competitive graduates. This import should be first felt at home”.
Governor Oyetola called for review and calibration of the critical issues like funding, staffing, alumni, town-gown relationship, administration, collaboration with local and foreign institutions, unionism and University calender.
He opined that taking these steps would make the universities in the country to effectively and efficiently perform their tripartite functions of teaching, research and community service and it would enable them to compete favourably with their peers in the world.
Governor Oyetola commended Engineer Tunde Ponde, a member of the Governing Council of the Osun State University on whose honour the lecture was organised to mark his 80th birthday anniversary for his good vision and passion for the state, the country and humanity in general.
He aslo called on the institution to implement the outcomes of the lecture for the benefit of humanity.
“UNIOSUN should therefore strive to implement the outcomes of this Lecture and other relevant instruments to be among universities in Nigeria that would meet world standard in truth and in deed.
” This is when the vision of the founding fathers of the University and the Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute would have been met”, the Governor added.