Bowen University Vice-Chancellor Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, has urged universities across the country to return to the era of undergraduates engaging in intellectual debates.
He said it would prepare them for leadership positions.
Ogunwole said some Nigerians in leadership positions today were the product of these engagements, saying graduates might have very limited solutions to offer to solve the challenges facing the country if they were not engaged. in productive endeavors that could help them individually and for humanity.
He said so in his welcoming address at the university’s mock conference.
He said: “We started this type of conference at Bowen to make sure our students are grounded and can contribute to any debate. It’s good to get a good grade, but college students shouldn’t just be limited in knowing their courses alone.
“The future of the country will be better if young people are intellectually engaged in finding solutions to the problems we face. They will become useful at home and abroad.
A former Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Femi Mimiko, who delivered the lecture on restructuring, said Nigeria needs to be urgently restructured to avoid it become another Somalia.
Mimiko said, “When the 2014 conference was concluded and the report was submitted, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government said they would not touch it and I remember I wrote an article asking that the government sets up its own committee to examine the challenges and contradictions and let their own committee recommend the solution.”
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