Nigeria needs more varsities, says VC
The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Ndufu-Aleke Ikwo, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, has said that despite the economic recession facing it, Nigeria still needs more universities to compete with other countries in developing the human potential.
He stated this while briefing journalists in Abakaliki on activities lined up by the institution for her forthcoming first convocation.
“The country with over 170 million people needs more universities to produce more graduates that will help in building our country. So, I am urging the Federal Government, state governments and private individuals to build more universities so that our country will compete favourably with other countries,” he said.
He noted that although the institution was facing many challenges it has done well in teaching the students what would aid them in life.
His words: “This university, in the last four years, has painstakingly trained these graduands and found them worthy in character and learning. In addition, the university has painstakingly equipped them with skills and abilities that will make them entrepreneurial and productive in such a manner as to serve our country and humanity.
“There are 124 of them. Of these, 15 made First Class, 75 made Second Class Upper and 34 made Second Class Lower Honour degrees.”
According to him, the activities lined up for the ceremony include, a lecture by the Minister for Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, as well as a research fair among others.