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Pro-chancellors want recovered loot invested in education

By Kanayo Umeh, Abuja   |   06 October 2016   |   2:57 am

Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher

Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher

Pro-Chancellors of Private Universities in Nigeria have urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to plough monies recovered from looters into the education sector.

The association in a communiqué issued at the end of its third meeting in Abuja, recently, which was signed by its president, Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher, said the nation’s education sector has continued to suffer greatly due to the activities of corrupt officials and politicians.

It also resolved to challenge all forms of corruption at all levels of education in the country, just as it expressed its willingness to seek improved funding for the sector by government, given its critical role in facilitating a knowledge-based economy.

“Private universities are committed towards the continuous provision of quality world-class university education, and pledge to explore and collaborate with agencies and institutions as the World Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) non-governmental organisations and so on,” the communiqué stated.

The pro-chancellors also pledged to encourage equitable and accessible educational opportunities for the less privileged, the weak and vulnerable, as well as, the physically challenged in the in the society.

The meeting also congratulated the Nigerian Prison Service for providing prisoners with the opportunity to write WAEC, NECO and JAMB examinations, thus shifting focus from the punitive posture of imprisonment in Nigeria to corrective reform prison system.

Hagher, in his address at the meeting, congratulated one of its founding members, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, on his appointment as the new registrar of JAMB. 

According to him: “This appointment is richly well deserved, and for us, it is a vindication of the very high calibre of people that make this association.

He also emphasised that, “as the nation is faced with a severe economic decline, there is only one sure way out of this recession. The nation must educate and re-educate more tertiary students.  

“Tertiary education creates jobs, and raises incomes if the goals of the universities are in tandem with national development goals. This is the challenge, which private universities in this country have taken. We aim to give education that is relevant to the needs of the nation.  

He said: “Graduates of private universities are focusing attention on practices that make a difference in our society, by fostering research, research commercialisation and innovation. Our campuses are bubbling with creativity, and building inclusion, and collaboration to expand opportunities and access for our teeming youth.

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Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher

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