Former Minister of State for Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, has said that the decision of the former president, Dr.Goodluck Jonathan, not to comment on the probe of the alleged $2.1 billion arms scandal was in order.
He also blamed poor ranking of Nigerian universities on under-funding, over reliance on oil and changed value system.
The pro-chancellor and Governing Council chairman of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, who spoke at the weekend during EKSU’s Internally Generated Revenues Summit, said it will be wrong for his former principal to speak on matters that are pending in court.
“Though, I can’t speak for former President Jonathan on this issue, but nobody can force him to speak because that could be subjudice. We should rather allow courts to determine who is guilty or innocent, rather than arm-chair trials being conducted by APC-led federal government”.
Decrying the poor state of the Nigerian universities, Adeyeye, attributed part of the rots to honourary degrees being awarded to those who does not deserve it , saying such won’t happen again in EKSU.
The former minister, who lauded the EKSU management for conceiving ideas that could help in increasing the revenue base of the university rather than sole reliance on government, said degrees, especially honoris causa, should ordinarily be for people of integrity in the society.
“Many people after getting honourary degrees would make promises to the institution but won’t fulfill it. Our focus won’t be on money again, but your integrity.