AE-FUNAI VC ASSERTS THAT UNIVERSITY IS MARKET PLACE OF KNOWLEDGE AND IDEAS
- BOOKS SHOULD BE SOLD IN BOOKSHOPS
Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba has asserted that university environment is most importantly a market place of knowledge and ideas, not necessarily commercial-driven and money-making centre.
He made this known during an interactive session with representatives of national ASUU delegates who were on an unofficial visit to the VC and members of ASUU, AE-FUNAI Branch, at the University Senate Chamber, today, Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Prof. Nwajiuba, at the occasion, affirmed, without mincing words, that universities are ivory towers, where premium should be placed on knowledge, so as to equip the younger generation with requisite ideas and sellable skills, to face the challenges of life.
He maintained that AE-FUNAI is too young to engage in such practices as turning the place into a commercial centre by teachers who should channel all energies towards nurturing young minds to achieving better tomorrow. He further pointed out that ‘’this university (AE-FUNAI) is too young for people to generate reasons for excuses and there is need for return of seriousness in Nigerian universities’’.
Nwajiuba advised that, rather than sell textbooks to students in the classroom or expose them to wanton exploitations, teachers should as a necessity, choose to do the right thing which border on quality teaching and commitment. According to him, university system is corrupt and the corruption was caused by the academics, recalling that in his days, universities round off their four year-programmes in June and by August, students are already in NYSC Camps, unlike these days where students complete their programmes in four years and write projects in additional year or vice-versa. ‘’We created this mess, and we all have to clean the mess. That the system is bad is collective inactions of all the relevant stakeholders in the system’’, he said.