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The way Nigeria selects vice-chancellors is deeply flawed. But it can be fixed

Prof Ayodeji Olukoju of University of Lagos in this Conversation piece on the State of Universities in Nigeria: Why are some universities in crisis over appointments? The intrusion of vested interests is the fundamental cause. Take the role of state governors. There are 36 states in Nigeria. In most cases the governors regard the post as another political appointment preserved for family, friends, loyalists or their surrogates. Another consideration for governors is that to win – or retain – power they must nurture the support of particular communities. This means that considerations such as ethnicity, sub-ethnicity, senatorial zone balancing, home town of origin, nepotism and religion are at work. On another level, chairmen and influential members of a university’s governing

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I am currently pursuing my PhD in economics. I have work-ex of nearly 10 years with most of those years spent figuring economic research in Mumbai’s financial sector.

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