By James, Michael Igiri
Renown Professor of Economics, and Founder, Lagos Business School (LBS), Patrick Utomi, has
reiterated the need for a massive investment in education, as the surest way to reconfigure Nigeria,
and set her on the path to greatness.
Prof. Utomi stated this while presenting a lecture with the theme, “Massive Investment and Growth in
Education in Nigeria- The Way Forward”, at the Annual School of Post Graduate Studies, students’
orientation programme for 2017/2018 Academic Session.
He decried the negative national orientation towards focusing on university education at the expense
of all other forms of technical and practical approaches to higher learning.
Drawing from three models, namely, The Idea of a University; The Germany and Dual Education
Model; and the Land Grant Universities Model in the USA, the Delta-State born academic theorized
that, for the nation to move forward, policy makers must identify what is wrong with the models of
education that have been chosen so far and adopt a new, realistic and verifiable one.
He thus suggested a minimum of 26% of the nation’s budget be dedicated to education in all sectors;
and also stated that educational institutions should sought, and access international aids committed
specifically to education; and finally canvassed for community investment and participation.
In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe
congratulated the new post graduate students for their admission into what he called, “the University
of first choice, and the nation’s pride”. He said it was a unique privilege to have been selected among
the myriad of applicants, to the various courses in the post graduate programme, and urged the
students to be “focused and diligent in all their scholarly endeavours so as to scale all hurdles to
achieve resounding academic excellence.”
Also during the event which took place at the J.F. Ade Ajayi Main Auditorium, the Sub-Dean of the
PG School, Dr. Peter Oluseyi, in a short counselling session welcomed students to the orientation
programme. He talked about the university’s registration procedure, and advised that all registrations
be completed before examination, as those who did not, risked paying higher fees for late registration.
He further explained that the Post-Graduate School was poised to settle all challenges facing students
and hinted that all issues relating to students programmes/registration be addressed to the Dean
through the departments and faculties.
“Exams starts June 11; so please generate your dockets which must be duly endorsed by you and your
department’s PG Coordinator or HOD. Also, you must know that here at the University of Lagos,
there is a minimum number of percentage class attendance which is 65% that every student must have
before they can be eligible to write an examination.
“The grading system is on a 5-point, with the upper limit being 70marks and above,” he said.
The School of Post Graduate Studies also announced grounds on which amnesty could be granted to
students to include issues of deferment based on work postings, and medical leave.
The event was spiced up with two stage performances by students of the Department of Creative
Arts, University of Lagos.