The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulkareem Age has described the massive emigration of Nigerian medical doctors abroad as lack of patriotism, while faulting the federal government for allowing health workers to go on strike at all times before attending to their plight.
The Vice Chancellor who made this known during his Ramadan chat with journalists in Ilorin called on health workers not to always see strike as the only solution to achieve their demand from government. The VC also called on doctors to show elements of patriotism by staying in the country to save lives rather than traveling abroad in search
of greener pasture.
Speaking on food security, Professor Age called on government at all level to subsidize farm inputs for farmers and make loans available to them.
On herdsmen and farmers crisis, the University don noted that Fulani herdsmen are known to be peace loving people in the ancient days. He called on federal government to as a matter of urgency provide grazing reserves for herdsmen across the country.
On level of education in Nigeria, particularly at the primary and secondary school level, the vice chancellor appealed to the federal and state governments to make teaching an interesting profession in Nigeria by investing in colleges of education and ensuring payment of good salaries to teachers.
Professor Age said it is unfortunate that many students, who found themselves at Colleges of Education, did not plan to become teachers but as a result of their failure to gain admission into the university, which according to him reduces their motivation in the learning process.