It has been reported that a former executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Peter Okebukola, has stated that the use of satellite campuses by many Nigerian universities is a major factor responsible for the production of unemployable graduates.
According to reports, Okebukola stated this at a convocation lecture he delivered at the Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State.
Okebukola disclosed that, “The major reason some of our graduates turn out to be half-baked is, number one, the severe financial handicap inflicted, especially on the state-owned universities. In an attempt to meet their financial needs, especially for salaries, these universities literally sell their certificates through running poorly-delivered courses in poorly-resourced campuses affiliated to other private or public institutions far from the main campuses.”
He made it known that, “Add the poor delivery of the curriculum at such campuses and what we end up with is graduates who are even less than ‘half-baked’. These are the persons giving the products of the Nigerian university system a bad name. The other factor, of course, is an interruption to the academic calendar brought about by endless cycles of strikes.”