By Tony Nwanne
Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, has criticised a situation where universities engage in bread and sachet water production to generate funds.
The Pro-Chancellor, Plateau State University, Bokkos, expressed displeasure over the trend at the opening of the three-day 2016 Nigerian Higher Education Summit on Monday in Abuja.
Organised by the Association/Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and TrustAfrica, Dakar, Senegal, the summit has “Exploiting Diversity, Differentiation and Quality Assurance in Revitalising the Nigerian Higher Education System” as its theme.
The former President of Academic Staff Union of Universities said that the crisis of funding in Nigerian universities is acute but the primary responsibility of funding universities is that of government.
He said, “Putting universities in such a dire situation where they have to be doing things like producing and selling sachet water is sad; frankly, it is not the business of universities.
“We want young unemployed youths to be involved in such entrepreneurial activities to generate income for themselves and to build businesses.
“For a university to become in dire and desperate need for money as to bake bread and produce sachet water is unwholesome and needs to be discouraged.
“Government needs to provide sufficient funding to universities.”