Political Interference And Corruption: A Bane On Graduate Studies In Africa - Chief Adegoke

The President of Oduduwa University Ipetumodu in Osun State of Nigeria has stated that political interference and corruption are the main challenges confronting graduate studies in Africa.

Chief (Dr) Ramon Adegoke Adedoyin made this statement during the opening ceremony of the 2nd International Multi-Disciplinary for Post-Graduate Students (IMCfPS) organized by the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) University of Education, Winneba (UEW).

Chief Adegoke emphasized that, Africa cannot achieve its desired merits in terms of educational development because of corruption.

"Corruption is the reason for which standards are compromised across our campuses;it is the pest that devours the value of the African institutional credentials;it is the reason why huge progress has not been made as expected as far as research and development is concerned;this has also affected advanced or graduate studies and the reason for massive migration of African graduates to pursue post-graduate studies outside the continent," he stated.

He further identified under funding, inadequate infrastructure and critical shortage of academic staff as some of the challenges confronting institutions that run postgraduate programmes.

"Most universities are underfunded, resulting in the consequent deterioration of infrastructure, the underdevelopment of such essential services as the library, Internet and management information systems, and a critical shortage of academic staff. Staff- to-student ratios are generally intolerable. Most institutions lack policies, strategies, and leadership where research and graduate education are concerned.

Universities are generally poorly managed, in part due to persistent political interference and its accompanying lack of institutional autonomy ".

In the chairman closing remarks Rev Fr A Afful-Broni commended the organizers of the conference stressing that the programme is worthy of emulations.

In attendance to grace the opening ceremony were the Directors of the various partnered Institutions and departments, Lecturers and National GRASAG president, Kwesi Rashid Etuaful, Vice President Ernest Obeng and presidents of UEW satellite campuses.

There were both current and former presidents from other Universities .

However the various presentations will be made the next days in the various designated venues.

By Mohammed Rabiu Adam

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