BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI
ILORIN—The Federal Government has asked Nigerian universities to salvage the nation’s dwindling global educational rating by restoring their former positions of reckoning among world universities.
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, His Majesty, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, made this known during separate meetings he held with the university management, union leaders and representatives of the students’ body.
According to the Council Chairman, the Federal Government was worried that despite the fact that Nigeria was the second fastest growing economy in the world, none of her universities was ranked among the best 5,000 in the world.
Okonjo, however, explained that the antecedents of the UNILORIN had given the government some confidence that with the necessary support, the university could make Nigeria proud.
Obi Okonjo further said that government was looking at a situation in which the UNILORIN would be a model in Nigeria and indeed in Africa.
Describing the university as the proverbial salt of the earth among universities in the country, Obi Okonjo said the new University Council under his chairmanship had taken up the government’s challenge and prayed God to lead it, so that it would formulate appropriate policies to achieve the task.