NIGERIA is losing an average of 1,000 highly qualified workers yearly to erratic power supply, the Vice-Chancellor of the Achiever University, Owo in Ondo State, Prof. Johnson Odebiyi, has said.
Odebiyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure that research had shown that each university in the country spent between N120 million and N130 million on purchase of diesel for their generating sets.
He said that if that huge amount of money was put into research and manpower development in each of the universities, the country could turn out an average of 1,000 highly qualified workers each year.
The vice-chancellor stressed the need for both the federal and state governments to give priority to the development of the power sector to spur and propel science and technological development of the country.
Odebiyi also said that the private universities with the lowest tuition fee in the country charged N300, 000 a year on a student.
He attributed the high cost of tuition fees in private universities to non-availability and epileptic supply of power in the towns, where the universities were located.
The professor emphasised the need for more private and public universities in the country because "there are many people yearning for university education”.
He said that these people deserved to be given the necessary enabling environment to achieve their objectives.
"The government cannot do it alone, that is the reason why the government gives private individuals the licence to participate in the provision of university education,” he said.
The vice-chancellor of the only private university in Ondo State said Achievers University started studies this session with 50 students in faculties of Management Sciences and Applied Sciences.
He said that the university, which was established by a corporate body, had 15 years development plan for expansion and to promote science and technology in the country.
I am assuming that the Professor is talking about NEPA/PHCN staff who loose their lives in the line of duty due to electrical shocks etc?
if so, can we calculate how many highly qualified workers/staff who have passed away / will die in the line of duty for the next 25-30years, after which someone who starts working with the NEPA/PHCN today might or would be retiring in his/her old age?
how much more of those freelance NEPA/PHCN boys(not staff) who can climb any electrical pole to reconnect any illegal disconnection and to disconnect any legal connection.
May their souls rest in peace.