PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan weekend decried the poor African and international ranking of Nigerian universities, saying older universities, particularly the University of Nigeria, must endeavour to change the situation. Jonathan stated that the recent ratings which indicated that “no Nigerian university is among the top 10 providers of tertiary institutions in Africa, not to mention globally” was unacceptable.
He declared that Nigeria “cannot be a great nation on the back of poorly trained youth. It is for this reason that the transformation of our nation must start in the classrooms”. In the speech read on his behalf by Education Minister, Prof Ruqqayatu Rufai, at the 41st convocation of University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, the President charged the universities to lead in fresh thinking that would align their curricula with modern reality to produce graduates with an entrepreneurial mind-set.