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Universities are theatres for research, not war, VC warns lecturers

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University, Malete, Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, on Monday said universities are theatres for research and not platforms to wage war against government.

Mr Na’Allah, a professor, stated this on Monday while delivering his address of welcome at the 32nd conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of  Nigerian Universities, AVCNU, hosted by KWASU.

The conference has as the theme: “21st Century University Education in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges.’’

The VC said waging war against government in the guise of strike often affects  the nation’s  youths the more.

“Every day, lecturers are ready to go on strike. University closure can never be a solution to our problems.

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“The so-called gains of our children are lost and these youths are the ones that go outside the country to excel in other people’s lands,’’ he said.

Mr Na’Allah also warned universities against over reliance on government for funding.

He called on them to be proactive and develop synergy with industries in research and technological innovations.

Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara  said the state government had ensured that the university continued to grow and progress even though it was less than a decade old.

Mr Ahmed, who was represented by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Amina Ahmed, urged the association to ensure universities promote real research.

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The Chairman of AVCNU, Debo Adeyewa, said that there were myriad of issues confronting the nation’s tertiary education.

He urged members of the group to evolve solutions that would address the problems of paucity of finance, deficit of knowledge infrastructure as well as  governance and policy inconsistency challenges.



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