The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has been urged to consolidate on the gains recorded in the nation’s higher education sector under the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, UNILAG, Professor Rahamon Bello, gave the advice on Thursday at the grand finale of the 2013/2014 Convocation of the institution, where three emi-nent personalities among others bagged honourary doctorate degrees.
They are the General Over-seer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, immediate past Chairman of UNILAG Governing Council, Deacon Gamaliel Onosode and General Theophilus Danjuma (retd).
Danjuma was conferred with Doctor of Science while Onos-ode and Adeboye were conferred with Doctor of Letters and Doctor of Science respectively.
Bello, who lauded President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for support towards education in the country, charged Buhari to tread the path to revit-alisation of education through completing the implementation of the Needs Assessment Fund-ing programme.
“We like to also draw attention of the incoming government to the need for a funding mecha-nism that will insulate higher education in Nigeria from fluc-tuations of the Nigeria econo-my,” he advised.
The UNILAG VC said this is the only way universities can become stable and maximally con-tribute positively to the econom-ic development of the nation.
The grand finale of the con-vocation ceremony witnessed the awards of postgraduate di-plomas, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees to a total of 4,764 persons. Professor Olayide Mojeed Abass, Professor Francis Fajemirokun and Professor Soga Sofola, all retired professors of the university were also conferred with emeritus professorship.
Bello, who was elated with the feat achieved by the institution, said: “University of Lagos is gradually becoming a postgraduate university”, adding, “45 per cent of our graduating students are with higher degrees.”
Furthermore, Bello revealed that the institution produced 103 Ph.Ds, asserting that many of the Ph.D holders will be able to fill the yawning gap in the newly established universities across the country.
In his remark, titled “The Mathematics of Greatness”, Pastor Adeboye, who expressed delight at the honour by the university, said “God is sovereign because He only can promote from the lowest to the highest.”