From Linus Oota, Lafia
Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura has said Nigerian universities continued to issue bland certificates to graduates who are barely literate.
He added that this hascontributed to the present economic problem in the country.
The governor, who stated this during the Fifth Combined Convocation of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, explained that the problem with the nation economy is such that it is difficult to identify trends and predict the direction of the economy.
Almakura, who said it was difficult to get serious players to jump into the Nigerian economy, further explained that these problems have persisted because the universities are largely out of sync with society, adding that the country is not being ruled by ideas.
“Our universities continue to issue bland certificates to graduates who are barely literate, if we take literacy literally to be the ability to read and write.
“The education is bland and not tied to the needs of society; it must be woven into life with a common thread running through life and society, this is how universities can be relevant.”
The governor urged universities to devote themselves to research in alternative and cheap source of power for their campuses rather than spending billions on diesel to power generators.
Al-Makura further advised universities in the country not just award degrees, but to focus on research in areas that will promote human development and solve existing problems.
Speaking earlier, Vice Chancellor, Prof Muhammed Akaro Mainoma, said the state government has invested over N8 billion in infrastructural development in the institution during the last two years.
He said the demand for academic studies in the university calls for vigorous investment in infrastructural development and staffing and appreciated the governor for his consistent funding through grants and extra- budgetary support, construction of campus roads, 100-bed students’ hostel accommodation, donation of vehicles, and providing access to international linkages.
The VC equally expressed appreciation to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for the massive infrastructural funding of lecture halls, office complexes, library, and staff development, adding that the federal government needs assessment intervention was a timely relief to the university.