The Deji of Akure Kingdom and the Chairman of Ondo of Obas State Council, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II called on governments at all levels to do their utmost to resurrect the dwindling fortunes of the education in higher education institutions in the country.
The monarch made the call by welcoming the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed.
According to his chief press officer, Mr Adeyeye Michael, the traditional ruler lamented the speed at which many of the country’s best minds were moving abroad in search of greener pasture and better Condition of work.
He is quoted as saying: “It is plain and obvious that the nation cannot afford to continue to sit idle while allowing its best minds in institutions of higher learning to leave the country. It is an understatement that our higher education institutions are currently experiencing serious workforce and infrastructure challenges”
He also urged the federal government to address the relentless industrial actions at universities across the country that often cripple institutions and cause students to suffer and also subject them to a fluctuating academic schedule. He noted that such a practice portends a serious threat to the country’s academic advancement.
The monarch urged the NUC to ensure that the academic level of universities is revamped to avoid the production of half-baked graduates who in turn wreak havoc on society.
Speaking earlier, the NUC Executive Secretary appreciated Oba Aladetoyinbo’s visit to the commission headquarters, describing the visit as timely and encouraging.
He expressed the willingness of the commission to do everything possible to ensure that the standard of higher education in the country is maintained without compromise.
“Your Majesty, it is true that we face tremendous challenges, however, I firmly believe that these myriads of challenges are surmountable if everyone is on board.
“We will follow the advice you have given us and assure you that we will spare no effort in our pursuit of quality education in the higher education sector,” he added.
Adamu pledged to continuously engage relevant sectors, agencies and stakeholders to find a lasting solution to academic disruptions in higher education institutions.