A Nigerian born researcher is calling on the Nigerian government to boost aid to the country’s universities. AIDS researcher - Dr. Vincent Idemyor – spent several months as a visiting professor at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Port Harcourt. He’s currently back in Chicago and spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about his impression’s of Nigeria’s university system.
“When I look at universities in Nigeria currently, compared to the way the universities were operating shortly before democracy, there’s definitely more improvement. This government, this current government, has done more to improve the Nigerian universities. But there are still plenty of areas they need to pay attention to so that the graduates can compete with graduates in the Western world and in the developing world. And that’s why we are doing all our best to make sure we visit, interact and establish linkages so that we can improve the university standards in Nigeria.
Idemyor goes on to talk about areas needing improvement. “The areas based on my own investigation that we felt needed a lot more attention were the technical areas, the sciences, the medical areas in terms of equipment…I’ll give you a clear example. Nigerians leave Nigeria to go to Liverpool to study tropical medicine. OK? It should not be that way. It should be the reverse. Nigeria is a country where you have tropical diseases, so people from Liverpool should be coming to Nigeria to study tropical medicine,” he says.