THE DARK DAYS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS by Modiu Olaguro

THE PRESS CLUB, UNILAG

Nothing suggests the inversion of the Nigerian state than the nonsense our institutions of higher learning have become; where a vice chancellor of a university doubles as the SUG president and the Dean of students’ affairs becomes the speaker of the House – making laws for the students who although might be a master in their fields of study but are found wanting in the art and science of political conduct and business.

For ten academic years, a gloom was cast on the University of Lagos. Matriculation after matriculation, convocation after convocation, the university existed as if all was well with only a handful realizing that Unilag had been reduced to nothing but a graduate making factory – one that became not a bastion of freedom, but that whose job was to strictly churn out engineers without the requisite skills in societal engineering; industrial chemists with little knowledge about the…

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