We Need Good Governance To Transform Higher Education, Say Ali

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By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos

An Associate lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mallam Yusuf Ali has said it is imperative on the stakeholders to think about what constitutional, institutional, and legal reforms that would be necessary for Nigeria to achieve good governance that would transform and develop higher education system in the country.

He disclosed this at the 10th annual lecture of School of Postgraduate Studies tagged, “Governance and Democracy in Nigeria” held at the University of Lagos.

According to him, there is need to ensure a mass mobilization of all available human and material resources for development, adding that the future of Nigeria becoming an industrialized nation rests on the shoulders of its egg heads in the higher institutions.

The legal luminary stressed that quality of governance should be recognised as fundamental in ensuring the quality of higher education, saying good governance should be important as a determinant of the sustainability and strength of institutions.

Speaking on the challenges of good governance, Ali opined that what happens on the national stage has ripple effects not only in political matters but in governance issues in Nigerian higher institutions of learning.

Part of the challenges listed include, failure of leadership, religious bigotry, corruption among others.

He maintained that a corrupt practical system cannot give birth to upright system, adding that people emanate from it cannot be upright.

The associate lecturer said the nation should have a system where people are accountable, saying past leaders in official capacity are easily forgotten.