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OOU VC: How Nigerian universities can end japa syndrome

Olabisi Onabanjo University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Agboola Ayodeji Johnson, urged Nigerian tertiary institutions to curb the mass migration of young Nigerians to foreign countries by developing effective curriculums. He emphasized the need for curriculums to address socio-economic challenges, stating this during a press conference ahead of the university’s convocation ceremonies.

The convocation lecture, titled “Mass Exodus of Human Capital in Nigeria: An Anatomical Analysis of the Causes and Effects,” will be delivered by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

In the 2021/2022 academic session, the university produced 6,131 students, with 5,653 graduates expected for the 2022/2023 session.

Notably, 174 graduates achieved first-class honors, 3,292 secured second-class, and 6,185 attained second-class lower division. Honorary doctorate degrees will be conferred upon Akarigbo Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and the former Pro Chancellor, Mrs. Mosun Bello-Olusoga.

Addressing the issue of mass migration, Prof. Agboola expressed concern about the loss of human capital and the erosion of Nigerian culture. He emphasized the importance of designing university curriculums to equip young Nigerians with knowledge, skills, and values, making them entrepreneurial and capable employers.

The Vice Chancellor highlighted the cultural impact, warning that neglecting this issue might lead to the erosion of Nigeria’s cultural identity by other nations.

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