A university lecturer, Prof. Timothy Nubi, says universities must take their pride of place in nation building by organising programmes that will hold leaders accountable.
Nubi, Founding Director, Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
According to Nubi, more debates on critical issues bordering on national development should take place in universities.
“Intellectuals are saddled with the responsibility of researching into daily challenges and coming up with lasting solutions, including checking manifestos of aspirants into public offices.
“This is apart from teaching and community development.
He expressed satisfaction at Saturday’s town hall meeting with some presidential candidates on the state of Nigeria’s Housing Market.
NAN reports that Dr Oby Ezekwesili of the Alliance Congress Party of Nigeria, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party and Mr Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress are among the presidential candidates who attended the meeting.
Mr Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria and Mr Isaac Ositelu of the Accord Party were also present at the event which took place at the University of Lagos.
“We are happy with what happened here as approved and supported by the Vice Chancellor of this University, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
“It is a milestone achievement for the university to take this step in organising this meeting for the public.
“This will go a long way to create the needed awareness.
“Through this meeting, we were able to tell the whole world that housing remains key to national development and that whoever wants to govern the people must make housing a priority,’’ he said.
The founding director told NAN that much political will would be needed to achieve housing development for the masses,” Nubi said.
Nubi urged increased investment in the housing sector for facilitated development.