Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye has noted that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot force Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to comment on the allegations raised against some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged $2.1 billion arms deal.
Adeyeye, who is now the pro-chancellor and chairman of council, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, while speaking in Ado Ekiti at the weekend during EKSU’s IGR Summit, said the silence by the former president was not borne out of fear, but for the fact that some of the issues
raised are pending in court.
“Though I can’t speak for former President Jonathan on this issue, but nobody can force him to speak because that could be subjudice. We should rather allow courts to determine who is guilty or innocent, rather than arm-chair trials being conducted by the APC-led federal
Condemning the poor state of Nigerian universities in terms of facilities, funding and ranking, Adeyeye said part of the rot was necessitated by honourary degrees being given to those with blemished records, saying such won’t happen again in EKSU.
The former minister, who lauded the EKSU management for conceiving ideas that could help in shoring up the revenue base of the university, rather than sole reliance on government, said degrees, especially honoris causa, should ordinarily be for people of integrity in the society.
“Many people after getting honourary degrees would make promises to the institution but won’t fulfil it. From now no fraudulent person will be honoured with degree in the university. Our focus won’t be on money again, but your integrity.”
While expressing his confidence that EKSU could be financially self-sustaining when the bakery, block, water and ICT industries and other business ventures were well positioned, Adeyeye regretted that Nigerian universities’ ranking began to nosedive globally the moment there was administrative laxity.
“University of Ibadan was ranked sixth among the commonwealth universities in the 70’s. This shows that it was better than many of the universities in Britain, Australia and other advanced countries within that fold.
“The trend changed dramatically, because those who topped the class were being retained, but today anybody can get his way into the academics as a lecturer due to political interference and this is killing the system,” he lamented.
Adeyeye clarified that the IGR policy, which would involve introduction of new innovations to make money, does not contradict the vision of Governor Ayodele Fayose, saying such move would complement the financial drives of the present government.
“We are also planning to regularise the academic calendars of this university to the extent that the date of graduation will be stated on admission letters of students. Quality assurance must be guaranteed because there must be certainty in the academic environment.
“We are also planning to build the principal officers’ lodge on campus and ensure that students are fully resident on campus. We are determined to break all barriers to ensure that our certificates are respected.”

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