The Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) Abdulrashed Na’Allah has blamed Nigerian universities for the country’s stunted growth.
Mr Na’Allah said this in Malete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State when he declared open a seminar on the engagement of political parties in the state on Wednesday,
The seminar was organised by the Faculties of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences of his university.
Governorship candidates of Labour Party, Issa Aremu, National Rescue Movement (NRM), Kehinde Popoola, and United Nigerian Democratic Party (UNDP), Sunday Soladoye, attended the seminar.
All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq was represented by Abdullateef Alakawa.
The VC, a professor of Comparative Literature said: “I can boldly say that our universities have failed this nation because we are not bringing up ideas to the politicians.
‘”Nigerian universities, wake up and provide leadership for this country. All we do is to blame politicians as if they should be responsible for everything.”
“Today we have Boko Haram crisis. Did the university community predict this? Did we predict the farmers-herdsmen crisis that we have today? Did we study and present ideas to the nation on how some of the challenges can be overcome?”
Na’Allah said the seminar would hold regularly henceforth as part of the institution’s contribution to national development.
“This is a programme that is starting off this year and by the grace of God it will remain part and parcel of the institution,” he said.
“This university is determined to be a centre of our democracy starting from our community here. There is no reason for the existence of academics but to be the engineer of democratic development. We are not satisfied with our current political development because this is not the dream of our founding fathers.
“They had a greater vision for this nation. They had greater expectations. In 1960 when Nigeria gained independence there was excitement all over the regions of the country. Everybody saw Nigeria as a nation that will be second to none in Africa – a nation with abundant resources. That time the goal was to be the nation of the world.”
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