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Okebukola seeks accountability, transparency for Nigerian varsities

By Emmanuel Edukugho

THE chairman of the Governing Council, Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Prof. Peter Okebukola, has called for accountability and transparency in the management of Nigerian Universities to enable them get world ranking.

Speaking at the inauguration of the University’s auditorium named after the Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, he referred to an international conference on quality recently held in Washington DC, United States, whereby accountability and transparency were highlighted as the important requirements for earning placements in the list of top universities in the world.

He therefore suggested that accountability and openness should take priority in the conduct of affairs in our universities if they want to attain global status.

According to Okebukola, a former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), at the Washington conference, it was discovered that Universities which were well ranked on the global league table are those with high index of accountability.

He explained that students in Universities should be accountable to their teachers by prompt attendance and active participation in classes, be decent in dressing, prompt submission of assignments and   avoiding examination malpractice and cult activities. Also that university managements should show accountability to their proprietors through ensuring prompt conduct of staff and students, judicious and transparent use of finances belonging to the institutions.

He wants a university system in which the senate is accountable to students and parents through quality teaching and provision of excellent learning environment where lecturers are present on time in classes, report progress of students to their parents and sponsors.

Missing results, sale of handouts, delayed issuance of transcripts, sexual harassment and other vices will have no place in the university system.


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