The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie has urged Nigerian universities to prioritize research and innovation that would solve the developmental problem faced by the country.
Prof. Okojie gave the charge during his visit to Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State.
The NUC boss challenged universities in the country to dedicate a good time to the purpose of their establishment, which is to cater for the scientific and technological needs of the country.
While lamenting the impact of the civil war and the lack of autonomy by universities on the progress of Nigerian universities, Prof. Okojie enjoined administrators of universities to build a culture that could stand the test of time.
On the ranking of Nigerian universities among African and world universities, Prof. Okojie said that Nigerian universities may find it difficult to rank high without a good number of foreign students.
He called on the Federal Government to attract foreign students into Nigerian universities by giving them scholarships to study in the country.
The Don lauded Elizade University for being brave enough to invite him to inspect the University. He said that only a few universities in the country could invite NUC for inspection except they are due for accreditation.
He commended Elizade University for maintaining the standard that earned it operational license. The NUC boss said he was not surprised with the standard of the infrastructure and the quality of facilities in the University, saying it was the fulfillment of the promise that the Founder of the University, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo made to him when he was applying to start the University.
While referring to Elizade University as a masterpiece that should be shown to other Universities, Prof. Okojie promised the continued support of his Commission to the University.
Speaking earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kunle Oloyede expressed appreciation to Prof. Okojie for honouring the invitation of the University. He said that the University invited the Executive Secretary himself in order for him to see how far the University has gone and the extent of the University’s compliance with the Commission’s standards.