By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Former Executive Secretary of the National University Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola has condemned the way professorial appointment is being awarded in Nigerian universities.
Okebukola who frowned at this development said the country is full of roadside professors.
The Professor of Science Education who was the Guest Lecturer at the 2014 Foundation Day Lecture of Osun State University, Osogbo, in his lecture titled: “When Will the Glory Days of Nigerian Universities Be Here”, said award of professorial appointment in the country was fraudulent.
He insisted that the education system in the country can only be better if the manipulation in the professorial appointment is eliminated.
According to Okebukola, “some people just call themselves professors without any rigour in the appointment process. Those that were appointed as a professor without the necessary rigour are roadside professors.
There are many of them calling themselves professors but they have not
passed through the normal rigour of scholarship. So they are roadside professors”.
Okebukola said that the situation was disturbing to the extent that the Executive Secretary of National University Commission even came out with an announcement that those who have not passed through the necessary rigour of becoming a professor must stop parading themselves as professors because it amount to fraudulent practice.
He said “NUC is addressing the problem of the roadside professors and if they desist from introducing themselves as professors, they would be arrested and charged for forgery. Definitely, there must be sanction”.
Okebukola noted that there is inefficiency in the post graduate schools as a result of which Nigerians are going abroad for their post graduate studies.
He also said that Nigerian universities are not following the spirit of the post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) test.
The university are expected to only make the students write essay on a field related to the course they want to study in the university and not writing examination.
He added that the university should desist from subjecting the students to any form of examination after the UTME as such would go against the law.
“The universities can only make the students write essay and use the avenue to see and interact with their prospective students but the universities have deviated and turned the post-UTME test to another examination after the students had written the UTME and that is against the law”.
Okebukola who was among the founding fathers of Osun State University boasted that UNIOSUN was established to be a world class university and that the institution is still on the right path.