The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, was on Monday appointed the pro-chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State.
His letter of appointment was delivered at his Palace earlier today by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau.
Speaking after receiving the letter, Mr. Sanusi said good deeds always has its rewards.
He explained, “I’m saying this because as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria then, I came to the rescue of the university by spending N500 million to construct a bridge yearned for by the university for over 30 years.
“If at that time one told me I would reap the reward of that job almost immediately I would not agree, but today, in Allah’s favour, I’m being appointed the pro-chancellor of the university, something that is telling one that he should always think of being good not only to his close people but to everybody far and near”.
The Emir cautioned governments against establishing too many universities, saying what Nigeria needs today is quality education that will herald the much needed development.
He pointed out that it was not the number of universities that determined development in a nation but the actual quality of the education in such a country; therefore, in the journey to greatness, government in Nigeria should endeavour to do all it can to ensure that the education sector received the much-needed attention that would help boost the production capacity of the nation.
The monarch expressed concern that a greater percentage of university graduates today do not possess the required skills to contribute or participate fully in the development of the Nigerian state.
Mr. Sanusi said something very urgently should be done to tackle the unfortunate trend.