We’re pro­duc­ing lazy profs, un­de­serv­ing PHD hold­ers — EX-VC

The Punch - - NEWS - Tony Okafor, Awka

Aformer Vice-chan­cel­lor of the Michael Ok­para Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture, Umudike, Abia State, Prof. Ikenna Onyido, has raised the alarm at the rate Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties are churn­ing out what he called lazy pro­fes­sors.

he also con­demned the way PHD cer­tifi­cates were be­ing awarded to un­de­serv­ing per­sons, de­scrib­ing such prac­tice as more dan­ger­ous than the Boko haram in­sur­gence.

The ex-vc spoke on Mon­day as a guest lec­turer at the 55th meet­ing of Com­mit­tee of Deans of Schools of Post­grad­u­ate Stud­ies of Nige­rian Uni­ver­si­ties held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Univer­sity, Awka, Anam­bra State.

he tasked the com­mit­tee to de­sign iron-cast qual­ity con­trol and ad­e­quate sanc­tions to curb what he called “abuses that re­sult in coun­ter­feit Phds which are more of an ex­is­ten­tial threat to the coun­try than Boko haram, in the long run.”

Onyido said, “Over time, uni­ver­si­ties, along with other knowl­edge cen­tres, have come to be re­garded as key agents of so­cial change and de­vel­op­ment, al­lo­cated with the ex­plicit role of pro­duc­ing highly skilled man­power and re­search out­put that meet per­ceived eco­nomic needs.

The ex-vc blamed the ivory tower for al­low­ing mun­dane things in the larger so­ci­ety to in­flu­ence it.

he added,” A very trou­bling phe­nom­e­non is the whole­sale im­por­ta­tion of the toxic val­ues from the larger Nige­rian so­ci­ety into the Nige­rian univer­sity sys­tem, and the do­mes­ti­ca­tion thereof.

“This neg­a­tive phi­los­o­phy has been adopted in our univer­sity sys­tem where I have spent more than 40 years of my life.

“This is why we have vices in uni­ver­si­ties such as cultism, ex­tor­tion, sale and use of nar­cotics, pros­ti­tu­tion, sex­ual ha­rass­ment, sex and money for marks and grades, ex­am­i­na­tion mal prac­tices, ad­mis­sion rack­e­teer­ing, ab­sen­teeism, lec­tur­ers with mul­ti­ple teach­ing jobs in the name of ad­junct lec­ture­ship/ pro­fes­sor­ship, pla­gia­rism.”

Onyido added, “Re­search in uni­ver­si­ties the world over re­volves around pro­fes­sors. that is why one of the cri­te­ria for mak­ing pro­fes­sors, whether by pro­mo­tion or by ap­point­ment, is the can­di­date’ s abil­ity to con­cep­tual i se and ex­e­cute re­search.

“But the way pro­fes­sors are made in some of our uni­ver­si­ties these days is noth­ing short of pure magic. Tra­di­tional rulers and men of in­flu­ence in the so­ci­ety are known to have led del­e­ga­tions to vice-chan­cel­lors in or­der to plead for their son or daugh­ter to be made a pro­fes­sor.”

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