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Alaafin, Afe Babalola chide government for varsity closure

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Foremost Yoruba monarch, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), yesterday, criticised the Federal Government for closing down all universities in the country without recourse to the Senate of those institutions.

The duo noted that government has the responsibility of taming coronavirus, but assuming the functions of the Senate of the universities including that of the private institutions is absolutely wrong.

The criticism came as former President Olusegun Obasanjo urged Nigerian leaders to stop medical tourism but advised them to patronise local hospitals and medical practitioners.

These eminent Nigerians spoke at the launching of two books, The Elusive Search for Nation Nigeria written by Aare Afe Babalola and
ABUAD (Pioneering Education Renaissance) by Neta Nwosu. The event also witnessed the commissioning of 16 dialysis machines, modern blood-bank, transfusion service ABUAD, Multi-system hospital and helipad at the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.

The Alaafin said the situation as it concerns the private universities is particularly worrisome, as the government did not consult them before asking them to shut their doors and release students.

But Babalola said he expected the National Universities Commission (NUC) upon receiving closure order from the Federal Ministry of Education to have invited proprietors of universities to an emergency meeting to discuss the letter.

At the event, Obasanjo commended Babalola for providing world-class equipment at the hospital “at a time that the incessant trips by Nigerians abroad for one medical treatment or the other are becoming so alarming with many of them going as passengers and some of them coming back as cargo.“

Obasanjo in his goodwill message asked: “How do we build our medical institutions if we do not patronize them? How do we encourage and support our professionals when we give the impression that they are incapable of meeting our medical requirements? Is it right to keep wasting our limited foreign reserves on such trips abroad? Today I am happy that ABUAD has, by this initiative of providing sophisticated and state-of-the-art facilities for the benefit of our people, proffered positive and adequate answers to these questions.”


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