The Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Shehu Chindo Yamusa III has alleged that about 80% of Nigeria university lecturers are quacks, hence lacking the skills and methodology to be in the classroom.
He advocated to the management of various Nigerian universities to ensure that those to be employed as lecturers have the minimum required certificate in education or related programmes approved by Teachers Registration Council or National teachers Institute.
The Chancellor, who was speaking at the 2nd stakeholders’ meeting of University in Keffi said, those already in the system and have no training or qualification in education should go back to class room in order to become more productive.
“It is evident that, 80% of lecturers are not professionals, but only those in the Faculty of Education and few ones that have PGDE in other Faculties are qualified to teach.
“Some universities have started full implementation of “MUST HAVE” PGDE before being employed as lecturers and where a Lecturer does not have, he/she is recommended to Faculty of Education for one or two years programme, after which he/she is engaged in the field of facilitations.”
Yamusa III, who was a university lecturer before ascending to his ancestral throne as Emir of Keffi, tongue-lashed the management of Nasarawa State University, Keffi for promoting sentiments responsible for the fallen standard of university education system.
He however blamed lack of adherence to due process and rule of law as factor militating against the growth of the university in all aspects.
“It is sad that meritocracy doctrine has been jettisoned in the university administration.
“However, not too long ago, many lecturers were recruited based on favouritism, politics and primordial mundane sentiments and that added degradation to the realization of intended objectives.”
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Suleiman-Bala Mohammed who corroborated his views to that of the Chancellor said, he was going to fight unethical conducts and introduce whistle blowing policy to expose lecturers engaged fraudulent activities in the system.
Prof Mohammed stated that the university was confronted with a number of challenges that have threatened its potentials growth.
He mentioned drift towards impunity, dilapidated insfrastructure, inadequate facilities, agitation for compensation of university land, inadequate funding are among other factors confronting the University’s growth.
He lamented how the image of the university has gone bad due to the activities of a minority and assured that with the support of other management staff he was going “to fish out bad eggs, mercenaries in the university”.
“The essence is to nurture the university to a 22nd Century standard, because we have the capacity, ability and the people to achieving that”, he said.