According to a report from Leadership, the immediate past Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Peter Okebukola, has said that what the nation needs to cope with the challenges of the new Millennium is expansion of the facilities in the existing universities and not creation of new ones.
Okebukola who further disclosed that for the nation to achieve the desired quantity-quality requirement, its universities must keep within its carrying capacity, install a robust quality assurance directorate, institute annual ranking of Faculties, and boost their cutting-edge research efforts.
Prof. Okebukola, stated this while delivering the 6th Convocation Lecture of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State.
Speaking on the topic, “Quality or Quantity: Positioning the Nigerian University System for the Challenges of Science and Technology in the New Millennium”, Okebukola noted that the country must embark on massive upgrading of physical facilities in existing universities to take in at least additional 1,000 students per year
According to him, this will involve more classrooms, hostels, laboratories, workshops, library and offices.