The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed yesterday charged Vice Chancellors of Nigeria universities across the country to ensure that lectures who sexually harass their students do not only suffer consequence but subjected to public ridicule.
Delivering his address at the Redeemer’s University Ede, Osun State venue of the 33rd Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Rasheed insisted that the image of the nation’s universities are being dented by some few unscrupulous perpetrators of the dastardly act in Nigerian universities.
He noted that if the trend is allowed to continue unchecked, the future of education is bleak in the country, adding that Nigeria should be seen as producing graduates that can compete favourably with their colleagues anywhere in the world.
The four-day conference with the theme “Revitalization of University Education in Nigeria,” will have academics including Prof. Peter Okebukola, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Prof. O.A. Bamiro, Prof. Ikenna Onyido, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, Prof. Michael Faborode, Prof.Attahiru Jega, among others as resource persons.
The NUC boss urged Nigerian Vice Chancellors not to restrict their research and academic collaborations to international universities but to collaborate internally with their co-universities in Nigeria and ensure that their products can complete internationally.
While expressing optimism that Nigerian graduates can compete anywhere in the world, Rasheed noted that international communities are struggling to employ Nigerian doctors, engineers and others.
Welcoming participants, the host and Vice-Chancellor of the Redeemer University Ede, Professor Debo Adeyewa who is also the current Chairman of the Association reminded his colleagues that the onus is on them to produce graduates that compete with their contemporaries anywhere in the world.
His words: “We therefore need to encourage ourselves by stating the fact that, the Nigerian education system is not beyond redemption. We only need a purposeful leadership, absolute commitment from all key stakeholders and a sense of urgency to turn around the education sector.”