By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has charged proprietors of schools, especially private universities, to see education as service to humanity and not as a business meant for financial profits.
He also disclosed that Bells University of Technology, Ota, which he serves as a chancellor, would remain focused on technology-driven disciplines without delving into areas of Arts and Humanities, Medicine, Social Sciences and Law.
The ex-President spoke when the vice-chancellor, principal officers and some other members of staff of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, paid him a courtesy visit in his Green Legacy Obasanjo Presidential Library.
While noting that educational sector was a very important one and that a lot should be invested in the sector, Obasanjo insisted that investors should not see their investment as a business but strictly as service.
“Education is more of a service than a business. Bells University of Technology’s focus was specifically in the area of technology and does not intend to go into Arts and Humanities, Medicine, Social Sciences and Law,’’ he said.
He expressed happiness about the university’s special interest agriculture, especially the medicinal plants, which he described as very helpful for diabetic patients and old people.
Obasanjo also applauded management of the university for the visit, saying it was a fulfillment of the courtesy call, which the Chancellor of the University, High Chief Winifred Awosika, had been attempting to pay him over a year ago.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Prof. Chinedum Peace Babalola, said the management decided to pay the visit not only to tap on the former President’s wealth of experience but also adopt him as a father to Chrisland University.
“The mission of the university is to create a learning environment that nurtures a sound moral and intellectual culture that attracts an excellent blend of faculty from across the world, and deploys resources to educate the total person,” she said.