Dons canvass rule of law, ethics in higher institutions
Educationists have emphasised the need to uphold ethics and rule of law in the university system to avoid discord and a breakdown of law and order in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
In separate interviews with The Guardian, the university teachers described the crisis at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) as unimaginable in an academic environment, expressing confidence that the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to oversee the matter would restore order to the university.
Specifically, a professor of Agricultural at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Femi Ajayi said there is an urgent need for the visitation panel to unravel the truth.
“University system is governed by law. When laws are upheld and adequately applied, the system would run well. The way forward to attain lasting peace is only by abiding by the law. It is important to note that whenever the law is bent, it will be broken and this could result in a breakdown of law and order and peace will be murdered,” Ajayi said.
Also, an associate professor at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAB), Abideen Olaiya stated that the President’s action was timely and in the right direction.
He described the crisis in the institution as unimaginable and expressed hope that the visitation panel would be able to come up with appropriate recommendations.