The academia in Nigeria has been urged to be more involved in politics and governance.
Nigeria’s information and culture Minister Lai Mohammed threw this challenge at University dons in Lagos when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Rahman Bello.
The minister is of the opinion that University lecturers have insulated themselves from politics and governance and as such given opportunity for pedestrian analysts to flood the airwaves with poor ideas and incorrect views.
“The university lecturers and professors have been a bit too quiet. Today we hear a cacophony of voices about the economy, about governance, about the polity from people who do not have the kind of depth and scholarship as available in our universities”.
Mr. lai Mohammed also urged the University Dons to join hands with government to strengthen and contribute to the debate on governance to engender development.
“You must not shut yourself in the tower, you must come out. Your opinions are valued, your opinions are weighty, your opinions are informed and you can help us better”.
He lamented the loss of values and morals in the country attributing it to the dearth of the right set of scholars to guide the thoughts and perceptions of Nigerians.
“We have lost our long cherished values, we must go back to these values discipline, honesty, integrity and decency”.
On his part, the vice chancellor of the University of Lagos Professor Rahman Bello intimated the minister of the institution’s achievements in the areas of the establishment of the first campus radio station in the country as well as efforts to set up the first campus television station.
He pledged the University community’s commitment to the government’s anti corruption campaign and the soon to be launched National reorientation programme tagged “change begins with me.”