26 November 2018

Nigeria: Akeredolu Says Government Alone Can't Fund Education

Ondo State governor and visitor to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said that government alone cannot fund education, calling on corporate bodies and wealthy individuals to assist.

The governor, at the eighth convocation of AAUA on Friday, said that the university had moved from its 31st position last year to be ranked the 18th best, according to the latest Webometric ranking of universities in Nigeria.

"The time is now for everybody, including corporate organisations and wealthy individuals, to join government in funding education, as the government cannot do it alone.

"While as a government and proprietor to this university, we would contribute and continue to do our best to sustain the achievements of this great university. We would like to appeal to stakeholders to seek time-tested and creative ways that have been used by world-class universities to build the university."

At the event, former vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Michael Faborode, said that graduates of the varsity were competent products that "excelled in further studies for higher degrees as well as in the workforce for the state and other areas of the national economy."

While delivering a lecture at the convocation, the don challenged the school to become Africa's best.

Meanwhile, former governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, has said that until Nigeria stops establishing substandard educational institutions without due research in and consideration for the economic and societal needs, the nation's tertiary institutions would continue to be in a shambles.

In a presentation entitled 'Education, Productivity and Youth Unemployment In Nigeria', the erstwhile interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that higher educational institutions must be encouraged to structure research opportunities towards increased science-based curricula that would enable their teachings to produce trainers of grassroots scientists and technologists.

According to him, while universal basic education (UBE) should be the norm, universal tertiary education would be an aberration in any society.

His words: "Nature did not create everybody as university material. Man's success in life does not flow mainly from the portals of the universities.

"The emphasis must be to produce employable and self-employable science-driven technological minds."

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