The Olota of Ota, Oba. (Prof.) Adeyemi Obalanlenge has challenged the University system to proffer solutions to the imminent challenges of transportation system saying other countries have been very up and doing in this regard by using social research to solve social problems. The monarch, who made the submission at the 1st Erastus Akingbola Postgraduate Hall Distinguished Lecture themed – Inadequate Research and External funds: Greatest threat to Nigeria’s University System – which took place in Afe Babalola hall, University of Lagos on the 25th of October, 2018.
The Olota established that Nigeria is far behind in the aspect of research compared to other developed countries adding that, all we do when we are faced with problems in this nation is to wait for the government to come solve them for us, while in other countries, it isn’t so. According to him, “Universities and social research are used to solve social problems, but it is not so here. Our Universities need to start solving our problems in Nigeria, we cannot ask foreign Universities to come and solve these for us”. The Royal father who cited his experience on his way to the event in Lagos from Ota, took him 3 hours to get to the venue due to traffic stating that Ogun State is not known for traffic. Lagos should take a cue from that, adding that government should explore other alternative modes of transportation. “I’m putting a challenge to the Nigerian Universities to proffer solution to our transport system in Nigeria”, Olota said.
The Guest Lecturer, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu – Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) represented by Prof. Ayo Ogundipe noted that Nigerian Universities are poorly funded and needs a review to rank high among other Universities of the world. The Dean of Post Graduate School, University of Lagos – Prof. Solomon Akinboye who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe gave the welcome address to all participants and noted that the University of Lagos does not take research with levity hence the reason for the lecture urging the Government to continue supporting the University system. Other people in attendance included Prof. Olayinka Asekun – the mother of the day, Mr Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi – Chairman of the Occasion, the Hall Master – Dr. Obi Iwuagwu, Mr. Adetokunbo Shoyeye – The hall chair and a host of others.