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Dogara tasks varsities on innovation, excellence for nation’s development


Deputy Vice Chancellor, Covenant University, Prof. Shalom Chinedu (left); Guest Lecturer/ Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Chancellor/Founder, Living Faith Church, David Oyedepo; Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Aderemi Atayero and others at the university’s matriculation ceremony in Ota, Ogun State…yesterday

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has charged universities in the country to embrace innovation and excellence in their quest to train graduates for national development.

Dogara gave the charge yesterday at the 16th matriculation Lecture of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.While delivering a lecture on Leadership By Products: The Role of Universities, he noted that no nation could move forward and achieve meaningful development without innovation and qualitative education.

“It is compulsory for the nation’s tertiary institutions to be innovative and qualitative in its education so as to attract positive global ranking and national development,” he said.


Dogara, who said the role of universities in nurturing leaders could not be overemphasised, said they must be ready to debate pleasant and unpleasant issues to raise the bar in robust academic research and discussions.

He, therefore, charged universities to take the lead in empowering their students and serve as centres of excellence and innovation saying without it, no university could compete with their peers and attain recognition.

He assured that the National Assembly would consider policies that would ensure innovation and qualitative education in the nation’s universities to impact on national development.Dogara also said the House would be willing to consider new laws that encourage productive research between private and public universities in the country.

He called for a new approach to education in the country, adding that Nigeria and other African countries do not encourage students to discover their potentials and skills that would make them employers of labour. He stressed the need for the country to change its old mentality to ensure that the glory of the black race is restored.

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