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Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Olufemi Baniro, yesterday, called on African leaders to invest in research in order to end hunger, unemployment and underdevelopment in the continent, rather than depending on foreign aids.

He said this at an event organised by the University of Benin, Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI).

Delivering a lecture titled: “Sustainable Development Goal and the Nigeria University System,” Baniro said problems associated with African continent could be solved through adequate and sustained research at universities.

He lamented that university curriculum is a disconnect from industries in terms of skill for employment, adding that the curriculum should be run in such a way that it would build right skills for industries.

He also noted that Nigeria has not taken advantage of its youthful population for technological advancement and unemployment.‎

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Science, Prof. Friday Okonofua, said the lecture was to create public awareness about CERHI and its services, in order to ensure that the public and university community benefit from its work in the provision of reproductive health education and related social services.

He said CERHI is one of 22 African Centres of excellence projects established by the World Bank in universities in the West and Central African regions in 2014 for the purpose of rejigging universities to deliver effective and innovative postgraduate educational systems that will improve their ranking, as well as proffer solutions to regional developmental challenges.


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