Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised Vice-Chancellors in Nigeria universities to stop giving honorary degrees incessantly.
He also urged them to channel the data in their confines to guide the government, the private sector and citizens on national development.
The minister spoke on Tuesday during a meeting with the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.
“The world is chasing, collating data; this data is sitting in our universities. Almost every lecturer asks students to write one research paper or the other. We can use it in a useful form, to inform our government, businessmen, and the society.”
He confirmed that the ministry intervened in the building of roads in 44 tertiary institutions. Fashola regretted that while Nigerians criticize the Buhari government on the state of roads. He said that no university has come out to inform the public on the interventions.
He counseled the VCs to be discreet in the award of honorary degrees and give only deserving people. Not those whose achievement is the occupation of a political office. Fashola also advised them to bring Professors together to write an acceptable version of the Nigerian history that will be taught in schools like it was done in some other climes.
Professor Yakubu Aboki Ochefu, was the leader of the delegation. Yakubu Ochefu said the association was established in 1962 and had the Universities of Ibadan, Lagos, Ife, Nsukka and Ahmadu Bello at inception. More so, he added that the association now has 174 universities. Ochefu announced plan to produce a compendium on the 60th anniversary of the association in Nigeria.