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Don calls for right appointments, job creation, others




The Vice Chancellor of Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Prof. Tolu Odugbemi, has canvassed appointment of persons with requisite skills, know how and experience into key positions to engender development and productivity.

Odugbemi, who was Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), spoke at the weekend during the launch of his book, Experiences on starting a new university in a developing country setting, Nigeria – OSUSTECH, where he also called for urgent tackling of the alarming graduate unemployment in the country.

He decried the non-payment of entitlements of workers, stressing that the development entrenches poverty, social unrest and anger in the polity.

The don said: “Poverty begets poverty while hunger begets anger and social unrest creates abject poverty. It is unfair and unacceptable for salaries of workers not to be paid as at when due. Salaries should take care of needs of workers to prevent a situation in which two or more jobs are taken by an individual to survive in our economy. Employees should be assigned jobs in line with their skills.”

While bemoaning ‘inappropriate’ appointments by government into governing councils of institutions, Odugbemi charged particularly charged his immediate constituency to reinvent self with a view to finding solutions to the pervasive corruption and other pressing issues besetting the nation. He, therefore, called on the universities to research into hunger and social ills.

He urged a total reorientation, noting that too much emphasis was being on paper work to the detriment of other vocational skills relevant to building the nation’s economy.

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