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Why Nigeria Lacks Quality Graduates – Ogundare

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 11:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A Professor of English, Prof. Niyi Osundare, of the University of New Orleans, USA, has said that lack of responsible mentor in the tertiary institutions was largely responsible for the fall in the quality of the students they produce.

Osundare, one of the foremost poets in Africa, said the poor state of affairs in Nigeria’s university system was worrisome.

He spoke in Ibadan at a luncheon organised by the Chairman of Kakanfo Inn,  Dr. Lekan Are, in honour the literary giant.

The professor said that he counted himself lucky to have graduated at a time there were mentors people like him looked up to.

Among them, he said, were Prof. Wole Soyinka, Emeritus Prof. Ayo Banjo, Prof. Dapo Adelugba and Prof. Oyin Oguba.

“We wanted to be like them but such urge is lacking today because mentors are disappearing. It is what I gained from them that I emulate.

“The system cheats the students. I am appealing to lecturers not to allow the system to cheat them any more by playing their roles properly. The standards have collapsed and there is proliferation of universities in our country today but the graduates’ quality is low.

”I once told a journalist that if I were to be a student in Nigeria of today with the fallen standard, I would not have achieved what I achieved today. Nigeria and the system in those days helped me to develop. That was when the education structure recognised the best and encouraged others to move up the ladder,” he stated.