Governor Rochas Okorocha has called for the scrapping of the NYSC and advocated for the setting up of specialized institutions to improve standards in education. While delivering a speech at the 50th anniversary lecture of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria said the NYSC has outlived its usefulness.
” The NYSC was set up to promote unity but that has failed so, we need to look into other areas to improve the quality of education for our youths. He said.
Governor Okorocha called for the establishment of specialized schools like the law school in all fields of study to equip students with practical skills to fit into the modern society.
“It’s worrying that some of our graduates cannot read or write but if they attend specialized schools after graduation, they can have more practical skills than theoretical” he added.
He said exposing graduates to further practical skills acquisition will also assist government to determine the placement of universities on the scale of excellence.
“We should stop grading universities by age but by specialization which can be achieved through exposure to other graduates in post graduate school” he added.
Governor Okorocha called on universities to also consider alternative sources of funding rather than relying on government for all revenue .
“Universities can set up farms to produce food and technology forms to bid for contracts to increase internal revenue… Most universities have a huge number of non-academic staff and other non essential staff coupled with adjunct teachers that is a drain on the resources of universities” he stated.
His Excellency also challenged the ASUU to cooperate with university authorities to survive by reducing demands for wage increases and allowances.
“ASUU should do more than just meet and plan for strikes at the least problems. They should engage university authorities on ways to save costs” he said.
He urged the government to pay more attention to tertiary education noting a link between the rate of development of countries with better funding of universities than those with less.
Bring his speech to a closure, Governor Okorocha called on students to shun cultism, laziness and examination malpractices and to work hard to achieve their desired goals in future.