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Book in my honour’ll tackle challenges in education—Okebukola


Imran Musa
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A former Executive Secretary, National University Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has said the book written in his honour, ‘Prof. Okebukola at 70: Dialogue on Pivotal issues in Higher Education Development in Nigeria, will provide solution to problems of higher education in Nigeria.

Okebukola who was speaking at a zoom meeting where his friends and colleagues celebrated him on his 70th birthday said the book had insights into many problems facing higher education in Nigeria as well as the right solutions.

“I have read through the book and I can tell you , it is a great one. It is a book for yesterday, today , tomorrow and the future. If I want to do justice to the book, I will personally take copies to the Minister of Education, in Abuja and the Executive Secretary, NUC. I will tell them, these are the issues in higher education as well as the solutions,” he said.

While giving birthday tributes to Okebukola, the Dean, School of Transport and Logistics, Lagos State University, Prof. Samuel Odewunmi said some of his contributions to education had been modified and some sustained.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Research, Innovation and Partnerships, Osun State University, Prof. Tony Kola- Olusanya said, “ Prof. Okebukola is my teacher, my mentor and I went through his tutelage. Higher education is a basket of many issues. He was able to see those problems 30 years ago. Those problems are still there, today.”

A journalist with the Guardian Newspapers, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, said, “He promoted scholarship. The M.Sc I have today was through Okebukola who encouraged me. He engaged me and asked me why I haven’t done my M.Sc, he paid for my application at the PG school.”

Prof. Juma Shabani of University of Rwanda, said, “Due to his efforts we have been able to start our online classes, we couldn’t have achieved all that we achieved in our schools. We wanted a module of distance learning, he was the one who helped us to develop it. And that is what we are now using for online learning.”

The book was written by some scholars including, Provost, Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, and Dean, School of Transport and Logistics, LASU, Prof. Samuel Odewunmi.

Other contributors , Prof. Kola- Olusanya, former Assistant Director- General, UNESCO, Sir John Daniel and immediate past Vice Chancellor, LASU, Prof. ‘Lanre Fagbohun.

Source: PUNCH

 

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