Prof Onyido says a university in South East produces professors that are not worthy to be lecturer II.
Onyido said this while delivering a lecturer at the 55th meeting of the Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools in Nigerian Universities (CDPGS) which held at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka on Monday, April 16, 2018.
In his lecture, the former VC described internet professors as professors who simply log onto the internet to copy works of other scholars and present same as theirs.
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He said, “the difference between my borrowing Sachs’ phrase to couch my title and what some of our colleagues do these days in their quest to become professors overnight is that while I acknowledge my source, these dubious, crooked colleagues of ours do not.
''In fact, a reasonable proportion of the theses which pass through some of our Postgraduate Schools contain massively plagiarized material, just as some of our latter-day professors in the Nigerian university system are Internet Professors – they plagiarized their way up the promotion ladder by downloading materials from the Internet and claiming the authorship of articles they know nothing about.”
Onyido also said that a certain university in the South-East now produces professors described as ‘China professors'.
He added that those professors were tested and found not worthy to be lecturer II.
Prof Ikenna Onyido is a Professor of Chemistry and Director, Centre for Sustainable Development. He was the Vice Chancellor the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture between 2006 and 2011.