by Ranti Joseph
President Goodluck Jonathan still continuing his appointment spree and the latest on the list is the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, who was appointed the pro-chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State.
Speaking at his palace on Monday, after receiving his letter of appointment from the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, Sanusi said doing good deeds always has its rewards.
“I’m saying this because as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria then, I came to the rescue of the university by spending N500 million to construct a bridge yearned for by the university for over 30 years.
“If at that time one told me I would reap the reward of that job almost immediately I would not agree, but today, in Allah’s favour, I’m being appointed the pro-chancellor of the university, something that is telling one that he should always think of being good not only to his close people but to everybody far and near,” he said.
Sanusi, however, cautioned governments against establishing too many universities explaining that what Nigeria needs today is quality education that will herald the much needed development.
He stated that the number of universities does not determine development in a nation but the actual quality of the education in the country. He added that in the journey to greatness, government in Nigeria should endeavour to do all it can to ensure that Nigeria education sector receive the attention that would help boost the production capacity of the nation.
Sanusi, who is worried that a greater percentage of the university graduates today do not have the required skills to contribute or participate fully in the development of the Nigerian state said something very urgently should be done to tackle the unfortunate situation.