The former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega has criticised the sale of bread and sachet water in universities as a means of generating funds.
Jega said this on Monday , 21st Nov., 2O16 at the opening of the 3-day Nigeria Higher Education Summit which is holding in Abuja. While Jega acknowledged that funding was indeed a huge problem in Nigerian universities, he emphasised that funding was primarily the role of the government and not the universities
The former INEC boss added that it was a very sad development as universities are meant to be fountains of knowledge and not commercial trading centres. Instead, he encouraged such institutions to produce patents or prototypes that could boost the Nigeria manufacturing industry.
He added it was misplaced priorities on the part of the government was the problem and not lack of funds.
Tertiary institutions like the university of Ibadan produce and sell sachet and bottled water, bread and even fishes within schools environment. In fact, the sale of any other brand is banned within school environment despite complaints of low quality from students.☹