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NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES AND NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION THE ROLE OF THE ALUMNI By: Prof. Tunde Adeniran, OFR, KJS PART 2

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Yesterday, we commenced publishing this scholarly material by Prof. Tunde Adeniran, an eminent political scientist and politician who has served Nigeria in several capacities. We now bring you the concluding part of the lecture.  ‘’One frightening reality that both the’ producers and products of our university system are pushing the educational enterprise to the point of irrelevance is compounded by the infectious nature of the underlying racketeering! Educational accountability must henceforth be demanded of those who have had the advantage of educational facilities and whose actions or inaction could shape national destiny. Those who have passed through the university system are honour bound to prepare grounds for hope (and not alarm) for the cultivation of a worthy national destiny.’’  Looking at the task of national transformation from the micro to the macro level, we should of necessity focus first on university education or the university system, our immediate community. Its vision should guide us in this regard. Here, Ayo Banjo’s submission is quite apt:  The vision of university education in Nigeria can be summarized as the maintenance of a group of institutions run by some of the country’s most gifted individuals fully committed to the development of all Nigerians and the full harnessing of the resources of the country in order to guarantee happy and reasonably prosperous citizens who are thus empowered to live a fulfilled life and in turn play their own part in increasing the Stock of human goodness and happiness in the country. Against the foregoing definition of ”vision of university education” which we consider quite appropriate, we can now locate the task challenge before educational institutions of higher learning – and specifically the university. Again, I find delight in drawing attention to the findings of another great alumnus of UI, Pai Obanya. According to him: ‘’… Transformation involves getting society to the next level by taking advantage of advances in ideas, knowledge and technology. Higher education … has always emphasized more of the transformation role. Playing this role has become more challenging with the acceleration of history, globalization and the knowledge economy.’’            . What is the next level in a globalised world – a world in which there I is a collapse of barriers, between nations such as trade, tariffs, culture, distance and access to global communication? By now I believe we all have an idea. But it goes far beyond the importance of computers and…

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