March 26, 2013 by Segun Olugbile
Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has
urged the 19 northern governors to invest more in western education to
reduce the level of poverty and insecurity within the region.
Adewole’s position was contained in a
statement issued by the institution after he paid a sympathy visit to
the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who was recently attacked by
suspected terrorists in the city. The monarch is the chancellor of the
He noted that it was incumbent on all
northern governors to ensure that the youths in the region were given
western education alongside their Islamic studies.
"Western education plays an important
role in the process of refinement of mind. It is much easier to deal
with enlightened minds than those who did not savour the flavour of
education. It is against this background that I call on all northern
governors to design programmes and mechanism that will ensure that many
of the northern youths go to school,” Adewole said.
He described the incident as most
unfortunate and embarrassing, considering the personality of the royal
father and the time-honoured institution that he represents.
On the coming 50th Coronation
Anniversary of the Emir, the VC expressed the readiness of the
university to play a crucial role in the ceremony, saying the Emir is a
respected institution who deserves honour from everybody, given his
contribution to the development of UI.
Adewole expressed delight at the
stable condition of the royal father and wished him long life in good
health and further positive contributions to the nation.
The Emir, who described the attack as an
act of God, thanked the VC, members of staff and students of the
university for their love, concern and hospitality whenever he visits