A one time Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Laide Abbas, has called for the scrapping of the National Universities Commission. Abbas, who was speaking at an awards ceremony at The Wings School, Iwo on Saturday said the body had lost track of the real reason it was set up. He said the body was supposed to be a link between universities and the Federal Government but had become “an NUC that feeds fat on the little resources available to the education sector.” He said governing councils of universities should be disbanded as well saying they lacked worthy personalities in their ranks. He alleged that some of them were linked to embezzlement of public funds and all sort of negative vices.
Abbas also lamented the dearth of role models in the country saying it had affected the development of Nigerian youths.
A consultant to the school, Lai Olurode, who is a Professor of Sociology, said the ceremony was organised to help youths to attain high moral standards, adding that Nigerian youths had become an endangered species.
A UNILAG lecturer, Dr. Ismail Musa, who delivered a lecture titled, “The dearth of role models and poverty of ethical leadership in Nigeria,” said Nigeria needed to rebuild a school culture in order to check the pervading degeneration in the country.
Some the personalities honoured with awards include M. A. O Shoyele, Agoro Elere, Khalifah Abdul Olodo, Prof. Olasupo Ladipo, Adebayo Agbaje, Adebayo Aremu, James Alagbe and Daniel Olaosebikan.