Poor admission processes which lead to offering students courses they never applied for, collecting bribes from students to give admission even when they met all the entry requirements and giving admission to unqualified students after receiving bribes have been identified by a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah as reasons why Nigerian universities are no longer centres of knowledge development and professionalism.
Attah who was delivering a lecture at the 2nd Uniuyo Distinguished Registry Lecture on the theme: “Knowledge Management, Professionalism, and the survival in the Nigerian Universities”, said other factors which have made the universities unable to contribute to development include certificate racketing, plagiarism among staff and students.
He advised that programmes supervision and accreditations in the university should not be a scam if truly Nigerian universities really want to survive.
Obong Attah recalled when Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology (AKUTech) was established. He said indigenous students who made first class and second class upper from various universities were sent to specialized universities abroad to prepare them for service to Akwa Ibom.
According to him, it was expected that after their graduations they will return to the school and become foundation researchers and teaching staff of the institution, adding that AKUTech was designed to be a specialized university that admits and run Master’s programmes only.
He further advised that any university that operates without adequate motivating workforce cannot be innovative and is bound to face difficulties in knowledge generation and management.
Obong Attah maintained that anybody who wishes the best for Nigerian universities should take into consideration the exodus of Nigerian students, adding that Ghana and South Africa are great beneficiaries of those who put this into adequate consideration.
He further said that if this is not put into consideration the consequences would lead to the collapse of Nigerian universities.
Obong Victor Attah urged Nigerian universities to use knowledge produced in their respective faculties to solve the problems facing the larger society today.
He maintained that if knowledge produced in Nigerian universities are managed in professional ways it would solve the problems facing Nigeria.
The former governor of the State said that for University of Uyo to attain the enviable height of a world class university, it has to develop knowledge and skills in its products.
“Knowledge is a vital commodity in the world, absence of knowledge can cause the collapse of the university and the real essence for the survival of university is professionalism”. Obong Attah assured.
Obong Attah expressed worry over the methods and manner some universities are admitting students into various programmes and also worried about how staff welfare and recruitment are been done in Nigerian universities.
By Mfon Okon