President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Prof. Oyewale Tomori

*Bemoans government interference in ivory towers

By Paul Obi in Abuja

Following the series of crises bedevilling the Nigerian university system, President of the Nigerian Academy of Science, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, has accused the National Universities Commission (NUC) of crass negligence and failing to ensure that university autonomy remains sacrosanct in the running of tertiary education in the country.

He likewise bemoaned the incessant cases of government interference in the running of universities, resulting in haphazard implementation of policies.

Tomori accused the NUC of allowing the federal government and top officials of the administration to meddle in its affairs, particularly its accreditation activities.

Delivering the pre-convocation lecture of the University of Abuja titled ‘Building a New Generation University: Problems and Prospects’ at the weekend in Abuja, Tomori said NUC has failed woefully to keep to its mandate as a regulatory body for university education.

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