The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has called for more investment in Nigerian universities in order for Nigeria to become a greater nation.
He made the call in his office in Lagos at his investiture and decoration as a UI@75 Ambassador.
Dr Hamzat noted that the University is a place where all members are educated and the place from where ideas can be harnessed to grow the nation.
He stressed that quality investment in universities would bring innovations and patents that would help drive the economy.
Dr Hamzat however appealed to the government and the various unions in the universities to be realistic and not dabble into issues that would not promote the development of education in the country.
He commended the management of the University of Ibadan for maintaining the infrastructure of the University. He however, urged the University to continue to ensure quality in instruction and the hostels.
He also advised the University to expand its technology infrastructures in order to offer opportunities to more students.
Dr Hamzat stated that the Alumni of all Universities in Nigeria must contribute to change the stories of their universities. He said the Alumni must all come together to bail their alma maters out of their poor conditions.
He assured that he was committed to the cause of uplifting the University of Ibadan.
The Deputy Governor was supported by the Permanent Secretary of the office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Mobolaji Daba; Permanent Secretary Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Olayemi Kalesanwo; Permanent Secretary in the office of the Head of Service/Public Service Commission, Mrs Olasunkanmi Oyegbola and the Director of Budget, Mr Emmanuel Olajide.
On the University of Ibadan delegation were the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kayode O. Adebowale, mni, FAS; the Registrar, Mr Ganiyu O. Saliu; the Chairman of the UI@75 Anniversary Committee, Professor Peter O. Olapegba; Dean of Technology, Professor A. I. Bamgboye; Professor Yahaya Mijinyawa; Head Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Dr Omobolaji Omobowale and the University’s PRO, Mrs Adejoke Akinpelu.