Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, the VC of Ahmadu Bello University, at a news conference in Zaria gave reasons why Nigerian universities were not highly rated. He said most of Nigeria’s academics published their research work only in local journals.
It would be recalled that the Medical Council of Nigeria withdrew its accreditation from ABU’s Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery programme partly due to inadequate teaching equipment for clinical students.
“You will discover that when we do research or write journal articles, we only publish in Kano, Ibadan, Zaria, etc. So, our people are not recognised outside because they don’t have internationally recognized journals and research articles”
“We are taking steps to correct that here in ABU and make sure that we become one of the best universities in the world, because we have all it takes to get there. We are taking steps to ensure that our lecturers publish their research in international journals and we have also made it mandatory that your research topic must have relevance to the immediate community,” he said
He emphasized that the institution was addressing the problems and that they were also taking steps to ensure that new medical students were admitted for the 2012/2013 academic session.