25 November 2012

Nigeria: Local Varsities to Blame for Nigeria's Problems - Prof. Galadanci

Kaduna — Failure of Nigerian universities to produce the right personnel that will spare-head the development of the various sectors of the country is the major factor hindering the development of Nigeria, Professor Shehu Galadanci said.

Galadanci made this known while delivering a lecture at the Ahmadu Bello University's (ABU) Pre-Golden Jubilee Convocation.

The lecture was entitled "50 years of ABU: How far is it in the actualisation of the vision of the founding fathers?"

Galadanci stated that ABU and universities in Nigeria must be blame for failure in power supply, poor health care system, inadequate infrastructure, absence of basic amenities, among others. He said a university is supposed to be a place for human capital development, as human resources are the most important asset in nation building.

"Therefore, failure of our system is to a large extent, the failure of human personnel that are managing and running this system. And yes, to a greater part, this is a factor of the type of education and training that they got from their alma-mater.

"In this case, we can blame our universities for some of the problems that bedevilled our country for the moral bankruptcy we are all suffering from. Majority of our leaders send their children abroad to study. Nigeria has the highest number of students studying abroad and this is why successive governments in the country must be blamed," Galadanci said.

In his address, Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State described corruption in Government Houses as a factor responsible for most of the problems facing the country.

"When I say government houses, I mean all government houses including the Villa.

"You can't tell somebody to be honest while you are not honest. Corruption is not only in government but even in the family. When your daughter goes out and comes back home with something and you refuse to ask her the source, you are corrupt," Aliyu said.

The governor appealed to Nigerians to join hands in fighting the menace of corruption to make the country conducive for all.

Vice-Chancellor of ABU Professor Abdullahi Mustapha described the lecture delivered by Galadanci as a clarion call for all leaders of the country.

"We shall collectively do more for the betterment of the students, the university and the nation at large," Professor Mustapha said.

He said he will effectively use the resources at his disposal to actualise the mission and vision of the founding fathers of ABU.

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