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Slide in nation’s education system: Scholars blame leaders’ lack of political will

By Gbenga Oke

LAGOS—Scholars have attributed the slide in the nation’s education system to the lack of political will of leaders.

They also accused Nigerian leaders of not paying attention to education, which successful nations do through heavy investments.

Speaking at the 34th Centre for Values in Leadership, CVL, Leadership Tribute Colloquium, entitled, Mission, Education and Nation Building,” in honour of Anthony Cardinal Okogie at 80 and Prof. Pai Obanya at 77, the discussants called on the government to revamp the education sector in Nigeria.

The discussants include Dr Chris Ogbechie of  Lagos Business School; Mrs Abolaji Osime, CEO of Global International College; Prof. Joel Babalola of the Department of Educational Management, University of Ibadan; Reverend Monsignor Gabriel Osu, Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Sea Parish; Prof. Gidado Tahir, lecturer, University of Abuja and Professor Pat Utomi, founder CVL.

In his discussion, Prof. Gidado Tahir said Nigerian had serious problems in the area of quality teachers, adding that Universal Basic Education, UBE, had done a lot in this aspect of the education sector.

He said: “I think what this nation needs right now is a leader with political will who believes that education can change the life of the masses in the society and very key to prosperity of the society. ‘’When you look around today, you will realize that Nigerian leaders are not respecting the yearnings of the people as far as education is concerned and you will realize that teachers do not convey the right skills and knowledge.”

On his part, Dr Chris Ogbechie said if Nigeria must compete with the future, education must be taken seriously, stressing that Nigerian leaders must start thinking of the present generation.

In her contribution, Mrs Abolaji Osime said it was unfortunate that Nigerians were spending millions of dollars on education abroad rather than developing the Nigerian education system.


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