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Lar laments poor infrastructure in varsities

By Taye Obateru

Jos — Former PDP National Chairman, Chief Solomon Lar, has lamented the diminishing infrastructural development of Nigerian universities which he said was adversely affecting the quality of education in the institutions.

He stated this yesterday while receiving the Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Jos Ambassador Ignatius Ajuru and members of management who visited him, saying this was responsible for the growing preference of some Nigerians for universities abroad.

He described as a shame a situation where Nigerian parents now prefer to send their children to universities in Ghana, adding that something must be done about improving infrastructure in the nation’s universities.

“It’s a shame. I believe to have total emancipation and freedom, you have to give your people the right quality of education,” Lar said.

He promised to take up the issue of the completion of the permanent site of the university with the right quarters, expressing worry about the picture painted by the chairman. “I’m overwhelmed by your speech and I will personally take up the matter,” he said.

Earlier, Ambassador Ajuru lamented the poor infrastructural development of the university which is the only second generation university yet to move to its permanent site.

“University of Jos is among the leading universities in the country but it is unfortunate that the institution remains the only second generation university still operating at its temporary site.

Sir, we are here because you have a name that opens doors and we want the name to open doors for us in ensuring the movement to the permanent site is possible,” he said.

He said the quality of education in the country was dwindling because the environment was no longer conducive, adding that about 12 members of staff and students of the institution were killed during last year’s crisis in the state capital.


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