Amosun Seeks Urgent Intervention For Education Crisis0
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has bemoaned the crisis in the education sector, and has called for urgent intervention to save tertiary institutions in the country from collapse.
Speaking in Abeokuta at a special colloquium on education themed “Nigerian Tertiary Education in Crisis: The Way Forward,” organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, the governor said the crisis informed his government’s decision to make education key in its five cardinal programme for the state. He said:
This government is not unaware of the importance of education as a catalyst for the development of other sectors of the economy, this explains why education gulps about 23 percent of the state’s annual budget.
The governor, who is also the Visitor to the university, congratulated the school on its 30th anniversary, noting that the theme of the colloquium was apt at this period when the nation’s universities are facing a lot of challenges.
“We want the recommendations that would be made at this colloquium to be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for implementation in order to take tertiary education in Nigeria to the next level,” the governor said.
Mr. Amosun commended the university’s Governing Council for organizing the colloquium and charged it to come up with more suggestions and recommendations that will improve the standard of tertiary education not only in Ogun state but the nation as a whole.
Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Saburi Adesanya said the subject of the colloquium was timely and carefully chosen to tackle the problems facing tertiary education in Nigeria with a view to charting a way forward. He said the array of discussants invited from within and outside the country was to draw references from the way tertiary education is run in other countries of the world.
Discussants at the colloquium included Mahmood Yakubu who was the lead speaker with Dominic Kwaku Fobih from Ghana and Craig Mahoney from the United Kingdom as keynote speakers.
Source: Premium Times