Universities advised to proffer solutions to societal challenges

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

The Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, AVCNU, has called on tertiary institutions in the country to continually proffer solutions to societal challenges such as poverty.

‎In a statement released in Abuja, the Secretary General, Micheal Faborode of the association, stated that the time was now ripe to get Nigerian universities back on track.
“The greatest challenge before Nigerian universities today is to make themselves relevant to the daily problems, lives, and expectations of Nigerians – solutions to poverty, hunger, poor health care system and the economy.

Nigerians will pass their verdict not on how many times universities have gone on strike for personal pecuniary issues, or how individuals struggle to become VCs, or how militant or combative union leaders are, etc, but on how our ‘acada’ and research have changed their pathetic conditions, how our products, graduates, fit into society needs and how they solve problems like their counterparts in other lands. Let us work together to resolve these issues, rather than “fighting and fighting to finish,” the statement said.

The Committee also ca‎utioned university unions calling for the sack of Vice Chancellors of Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA and Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, FUNAB.

“It has also come to the notice of AVCNU, that some emergency self-serving and contrived NGOs are calling for the sacking/suspension of the VCs of Universities of Ilorin and Calabar, even when no serious investigations have been undertaken in that regard.   Universities are highly valued national assets that should not be willfully rubbished,” AVCNU said.

The Committee continued, “We observed that, relatively, there had been palpable quiet in the system with ASUU having not caused any major tremor in the last few months. The federal ministry of education, under the Minister, seemed to have struck a chord of understanding with university stakeholders.”

“The resolution of all lingering issues should just have been left in the hands of the new Councils, who would have been admonished to, as a matter of urgency, assume their mandate, like the new French President, and bring their institutions to pursue that which will edify and endear them to the nation,” the union concluded.