Prof. Sylvester Ibe has expressed worry over the shoddy professorial assessments in universities in the country, saying it had led to proliferation of mediocre professors, who replicate their likes in the system.
Ibe, a Professor of Genetics and Animal Breeding, said this on Wednesday when he delivered the first valedictory lecture entitled “The Path to Excellence in the University: Stories that Made the Headlines” at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.
He said that such act was among the main features which cast aspersion and retrogression on the university system in the country.
Ibe also querried the appointment of Vice-Chancellors with questionable academic leadership, saying that “Vice-Chancellors are supposed to be ‘primus inter pares’ (the first among equals).”
He condemned the dictatorship of some Vice-Chancellors and major functionaries including Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments/ Units among others.
Ibe equally expressed concern over lack of mentoring, which he said provides an interface and promotes interaction among senior and junior academics, for the purpose of promoting and fostering academic culture.
According to him, admission requirements for postgraduate studies, especially at the Ph.D. level, had dangerously watered down.
He condemned the lamentable lecture delivery style such as dictation, no explanation, no questions and no answers among others.
The don decried the deplorable environment in classrooms and laboratories, lack of functional toilets, poor sanitation, noise pollution, petty trading in offices, classrooms, hallways and empty spaces.
Ibe said that the event was not an inaugural lecture in which a newly appointed professor would inaugurate himself or herself by telling people what he or she did to become a professor.
He said, ” I delivered my inaugural lecture (the 4th in the series here in MOUAU on Nov. 29, 2007, about 12 years ago, with the title: Small but Mighty: Prophecies and Realities in Animal Breeding.”
“Now that I am retiring from my chair as an inuagurated professor, I am giving a Valectory Lecture.”
Ibe, who bowed out officially having clocked 70 years, thanked God for his grace, saying that he had spent 47 years of his life in the university system.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the occasion also witnessed a book presentation by the professor, entitled “Statistical Methods in Genetics and Animal Breeding.”
Prof. Francis Otunta, the university’s Vice-Chancellor commended Ibe for his immense contributions to the university community.
He announced that the university had decided to retain him for another five years, even though he had retired officially.