Director of Academic Planning at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, Port Harcourt, Professor Maureen Nmema Koko has noted that slow development in government-owned universities in Nigeria was closely associated with mismanagement by administrators of tertiary institutions.
Koko stated this at the 34th Inaugural Lecture of RSUST recently, decrying a situation where the nation’s university administrators pay little or no attention to rules of engagement and regulations governing operations of the universities.
Prof. Koko observed that the management of public universities had been lopsided, and called for reversal of the trend so that public universities in the country would not remain stagnated while their counterparts elsewhere continue to advance.
The inaugural lecturer, who is also Head of Department of Business Education at the university, picked holes in the manner external professors were appointed as vice chancellors of public universities, submitting that the practice was counterproductive since their mandate was not profit making.
According to her, “The appointment of vice chancellors has been politicised with external persons being appointed into public universities when there are qualified academic staff within. This clearly negates its objectives as non-profit making institution.”
The lecturer added that the situation was different in the nation’s private universities which she argued had a clear mandate to maximise profit.
Speaking on the theme of her lecture titled ‘University Business Management – What You Don’t Know May Hurt,’ Koko explained that the consequences of an error in the administrative process does not affect just the administrator but the entire system, calling on the administrators to pay more attention to their responsibilities by ensuring that the right things were done.
Earlier in his welcome address, the vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Barineme Fakae commended the excellent qualities of Prof. Koko and described her as a pride to womanhood.
According to the VC, the theme of the inaugural lecture was germane to the vision of the university which focuses primarily on celebration of excellence.
Fakae, whose tenure expires in June, informed the gathering that the university would host the 30th Annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities on June 16, 2015, with the theme ‘The Role of ICT in University Management and Curriculum Delivery.’

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