The  Vice-Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Oluwafemi Mimiko has said the critical question  Nigerians should be asking  at all time  is “what do we need for National Development”.  Prof. Mimiko said this at the institution’s 7th public lecture series titled ‘Education for Public Service: Appraising University Education in Nigeria.’ He said “there is need for us to go back to vocational and technical education.

Prof. Mimiko who during the occasion frowned at the recent media attack on the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Orosanye over his comment on the disparity between B.Sc./HND degrees said Nigerians have been posing the leadership question in a wrong manner.

“The Head of Service has made a fundamental point. By the definition in the National Policy on Education, University and Polytechnic Education is not the same and can not be the same and it should not be,” he said.

He described the debate as unnecessary because it is not possible for the graduate of a University and the Polytechnic to be the same. Mimiko said “what Nigerians should do is to find a way to enhance and improve the quality of vocational and technical education so that our children will find the reason and the need to go there to seek for knowledge rather than queuing up for University Education that at the end of the day may not work”.

The University Don who said that the main idea of education should be to sustain the community and to also look for opportunities and challenges that will make Nigerians become better human beings, added that “if all we do as teachers, educators, administrators and intellectual is to give wrong values to our children, then we have failed”.

During the occasion Prof. Mimiko, also revealed that the AAUA is to commence a work-study programme for students who appreciate the value of hard work and are ready to fully exploit their free time for productive endeavors so that before they graduate, they are already attuned to work ethos that will prepare them for the challenges of the outside world.

Earlier  while delivering her lecture, the first female Registrar of University of Ibadan, Chief  Mojisola Ladipo, explained that there was need to consider whether truly those in the public service in whatever capacity and elsewhere were actually educated.

Speaking on the number of Professors that are produced every year without corresponding scientific, political and economic development either on their campuses or the nation, as well as the number of graduates we are producing and their way of life after graduating she asked: ‘Can we really conclude that we are educating or have succeeded in educating our nationals for the good of self and our communities?

She decried the situation where a supposedly educated person drives on the wrong side of the road and throw dirt on the road while a supposed illiterate man is busy cleaning the roads and putting things in order mostly in the traditional ways.

The pioneer Registrar of Veritas University, Abuja explained that education which she said is the process by which society deliberately transmits it accumulated knowledge, skills and values from one generation to another is regrettably lacking in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Principal Officers of the Institution in attendance included  Mr. Patrick Aliu, PAR (Council Affairs), who represented the Acting Registrar, Mr. Bamidele Olotu; the Acting Bursar, Mr. Akintenrinwa; University Librarian, Mr. William Akinfolarin and the President, Akungba Development Union, Chief Dele Olowogorioye.

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