By Dayo Adesulu
A PROFESSOR of Accounting, currently anchoring the establishment of a PhD Accounting programme at Babcock University Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, has urged the first set of matriculated PhD students to always make professionalism their watchword, just as he told the lecturers to ensure they leave a last long legacy for their students.
He relayed that the target in the first outing was to create a solid platform for a globally competitive accounting scholarship through collaborative strategy and tell the whole world that Babcock University could take a lead, especially with the commencement of the PhD accounting programme, handled by erudite professors and well-researched presentations in Advanced Accounting Theory, History of Accounting Thought, Advanced Management Theory and Advanced Auditing Theory with panelists from federal, state and private universities for cross fertilization of ideas.
The 4-day seminar presentation brought together professors and scholars from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Enugu State University of Technology, University of Lagos State, Unizik, Awka and Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. Akintoye, who counseled students on the need for high impact accounting researches declared that unlike the well informed academic environment in the global village, the quality of academics in some African countries including Nigeria is dwindling at such a rate that unavoidably alarms the sensitive and rational mind, adding that a number of institutions of higher learning in our country are merely churning out inept Master’s and doctorate degree holders in a bid to meet the ever-growing nationwide need for academics and fast-loosing relevance.
He maintained that the worldwide defectiveness in academia is spawning a host of unpleasant effects, including the disempowerment and disillusionment of the country’s academic philosophy, reiterating that hard-earned PhD programme is conceived as much as possible in raising the bar of academic performance and prowess in Accounting research.
He acknowledged the efforts of the National Universities Commission(NUC) at sanitizing academic through her regulatory framework of accreditation now extending to Postgraduate programmes,
“We are keen to pilot the creation of an environment that supports competitiveness, the honing of skills, the promotion of international collaboration, and the enhancement of relevance,as a result, it is my belief that your contributions to this noble programme will no doubt enhance its quality as part of our dream for ‘Total Quality Management’ of the PhD Accounting Programme” he declared. Contributors to the Babcock PhD Accounting proggramme include Prof Akintoye, Prof Patrick Enyi,Prof Taiwo Asaolu (OAU), Prof Sunday Owolabi, Prof Agboola Akinlolu (OAU) and Prof Salawu (OAU).