Don faults retirement age for professors in Nigeria

The University lecturer said the increase in retirement age for lecturers can deflate the hopes of intending scholars who want to take up appointment in the school.

The director of the Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, Bayo Okunade, has faulted the recent increase in retirement age for University professors from 65 years to 70 years.

Mr. Okunade said the new system would deny prospective scholars from taking up teaching appointments in the universities.

Mr. Okunade, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Ibadan, gave his opinion at the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, where he presented the lead paper at the Nineth Annual National Conference of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, of the institution on Tuesday.

Themed “The Nigerian Nation and the Challenges of Unemployment”, the conference drew scholarly contributions from related fields to discuss the rising unemployment in Nigeria and proffer solutions.

According to Mr. Okunade, the policy will further aggravate the problem of unemployment.

He traced the root of many challenges facing the country to high level of corruption and bad governance, and charged governments at all levels to draw up and implement policies that will take care of the menaces.

Despite the high hope place on the development of entrepreneurship training, Mr. Okunade noted that unless the country creates enabling environment for business to thrive, investment on education will amount to naught.

“Enterprenueship is diversionary. It can’t solve any problem. The economic climate in Nigeria is not conducive for business. Entrepreneurship will not thrive in a hostile environment. What the government needs to do is provide enabling environment to succeed,” he said.

Earlier, the Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, FCE (Special), Oyo, Paul Ojebode, said the concern for high unemployment rate in the country prompted them to gather scholars to discuss and proffer solutions to the problem.

“I, therefore, want to commend the support the College has given us to host this year’s conference, which I know will help in coming up with workable solutions towards tackling unemployment,” he said.

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