Governor Obaseki says Universities are not job creation centres

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[Edo]–The Edo Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, said universities in the country were not established for to create job for people, but to advance learning, promote research and build character of students.

He asserted this on Saturday at the 21st Convocation Ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma.

The governor said that most universities had deviated from their primary aim of promoting research and development and concentrated on having too many non-academic staff.

“The university needs all levels of supportive staff, but the current practice where the number of non-academic staff outweighed the numbers of academic staff and researchers is not acceptable, not tenable and unsustainable.

“’Universities should through investment, efficient management of funds, partnership with the private and government sectors, grants from international bodies and Alumni association, thrive to be self-sustaining,’’ he said.

Obaseki said that with the current recession, universities should not shy away from getting rid of their redundant and unproductive staff in the various faculties.

“Universities should be able to check waste and corruption and stop relying on the government for subvention, because the government is almost broke,” he advised.

The governor tasked the nation’s university authorities to engage in publication of journals, innovations and technology advancement of students to make them relevant in the present world of ICT.

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