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Oyedepo Advises Tertiary Institutions to Proffer Solutions to Nation’s Problems
Dr David Oyedepo, the Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota, has advised tertiary institutions to train thinkable leaders that would provide immediate solutions to nation’s current challenges.
And to achieve this, they first must turn themselves into ‘critical thinkers’ in order to reproduce young scholars that will sustain that thinking culture.
Oyedepo gave the advice at the 54th Meeting of the Committee of the Dean of Postgraduate Schools (CDPGS) in Nigerian Universities organised by the institution on Tuesday in Ota.
It was gathered that the four days meeting started on Oct. 15 and ends on Oct. 18.
The meeting had as its theme:’ Repositioning Postgraduate Education for Sustainable National Development: The Leadership Dimension’
According to him, leaders are thinkers and all committed thinkers are potential leaders.
“The real worth of a leader is in the value he adds, the contribution he makes, the feats he accomplishes, “Oyedepo said.
The chancellor, however, urged the universities in the country to embrace virtue of thinking by training students who would see issues and proffered urgent solutions to our challenges.
“The nation needs to wake up by imbibing development orientated in thinking so as to achieve sustainable national development.
“Let solve our immediate problems by using indigenous solutions, ” he said, adding that he applied indigenous concept when he established CU 15 years ago.
Oyedepo noted that underdeveloped mind of Nigerian and other African countries was the greatest challenges hindering their development.
He said Nigerians are fond of complaining incessantly about institutional failure, rather than being involved to alter things for the better, and making themselves instruments of change.
He said that there was the need to address issue of employment productive research and quality education in addressing our problems.
Prof. Bamidele Sanni, Chairman for Deans of Postgraduate Schools, said that it was the collective responsibility all to lead postgraduate students in the right path so that there would be no problem when the leadership were left for them in the future.
Sanni, however, implored members to be up and doing in training their students so as to achieve meaningful development in the country.
Prof. Aderemi Atayero, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, said that there was the need for nation’s universities to refocus their vision, adding that this was vital in achieving sustainable education.
“The quality research, reviews of university reward system as well as reviewing sense of value would aid good development,” he said.
He said that it was high time for the Federal Government started using indigenous research in solving our problems.