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 As Nigeria celebrates her 62nd Independence anniversary some citizens have bemoaned the decay in the education sector saying that after over six decades of self rule she has yet to get the system working They accused the successive administrations of neglecting the sector and showcasing their ignorance of the role of education in the development of countries across the globe They however urged government to priortise education if the country hoped to take its rightful position in the world s developmental ratings According to Prof Glory Aikeme of Delta State University government should implement the UNESCO prescribed allocation of 26 per cent of the annual budget to education in order to revamp the sector Nigeria at 62 has not paid enough attention to the education sector what we should be laying emphasis on is proper implementation of the budget on education he said Aikeme said that government had failed in areas of budget allocation to the sector while most teachers had lost passion for and commitment to the profession I am a lecturer at the university but we have also failed the students The teachers don t teach at all the sector is in a comatose and it needs urgent attention We need moral discipline so that the actors can sit up If ASUU has an agreement with the Federal Government they should also show enough understanding The agreement was reached in 1998 and there have been several regimes that have governed the country since then The question is what level of commitment have the successive administrations shown to the agreement he said Similarly Dr Matthew Onuh of Wellspring University Benin emphasised that it is only when government takes education seriously that we in the classroom will know how far so far According to him it is public knowledge that the nation is not doing well due to the leaders neglect of the sector Government should show serious support for education if not I wonder where we are going to be in the next century if we continue with this attitude to education he said Onuh called for improvement in the welfare of teachers at all levels and stressed that this was necessary to get the best for the school children Oh his part a veteran journalist in Benin Mr Francis Onoiribholo said that the emergence of the military in governance marked the beginning of education collapse in the country He recalled that the sector was thriving in early days of Nigeria s independence with brilliant students being offered automatic scholarships to top universities abroad Onoiribholo also canvassed for increase in budgetary provision for education for Nigeria to meet up with the trends in term of technology and development Also the Dean of the Faculty of Education University of Uyo Prof Ntiaobong Ekong expressed displeasure with the poor state of education from primary to tertiary levels especially in public schools The professor of Agriculture Education reechoed the call for government urgent intervention in the sector He equally maintained that there was no country that developed without sound foundation on education of its citizens describing it as the main instrument for national development Ekong said At 62 I want to specifically say that the education system in Nigeria is not as mature as the country at 62 ASUU strike is getting to the eighth month now and there s no concrete solution no postive focus on ways to resolve the issue He decried the degree of brain drain in the education sector due to the neglect and urged government to prioritise it in order to enhance the nation s development www nannew ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
Nigeria@62: Education sector still wobbling – Citizens

As Nigeria celebrates her 62nd Independence anniversary, some citizens have bemoaned the decay in the education sector, saying that after over six decades of self-rule, she has yet to get the system working.

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They accused the successive administrations of neglecting the sector and “showcasing their “ignorance” of the role of education in the development of countries across the globe.

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They, however, urged government to priortise education if the country hoped to take its rightful position in the world’s developmental ratings.

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Glory Aikeme

According to Prof. Glory Aikeme of Delta State University, government should implement the UNESCO prescribed allocation of 26 per cent of the annual budget to education in order to revamp the sector.

‘’Nigeria at 62 has not paid enough attention to the education sector; what we should be laying emphasis on is proper implementation of the budget on education,’’ he said.

Aikeme said that government had failed in areas of budget allocation to the sector while most teachers had lost passion for and commitment to the profession.

“I am a lecturer at the university but we have also failed the students.

“The teachers don’t teach at all, the sector is in a comatose and it needs urgent attention.

We need moral discipline so that the actors can sit up.

Federal Government

“If ASUU has an agreement with the Federal Government, they should also show enough understanding.

“The agreement was reached in 1998 and there have been several regimes that have governed the country since then.

“The question is what level of commitment have the successive administrations shown to the agreement?

” he said.

Matthew Onuh

Similarly, Dr Matthew Onuh of Wellspring University, Benin emphasised that ‘’it is only when government takes education seriously that we in the classroom will ‘know how far, so far.

’’
According to him, it is public knowledge that the nation is not doing well due to the leaders’ neglect of the sector.

“Government should show serious support for education, if not, I wonder where we are going to be in the next century if we continue with this attitude to education,” he said.

Onuh called for improvement in the welfare of teachers at all levels, and stressed that this was necessary to get the best for the school children.

Francis Onoiribholo

Oh his part, a veteran journalist in Benin, Mr Francis Onoiribholo, said that the emergence of the military in governance marked the beginning of education collapse in the country.

He recalled that the sector was thriving in early days of Nigeria’s independence with brilliant students being offered automatic scholarships to top universities abroad.

Onoiribholo also canvassed for increase in budgetary provision for education for Nigeria to meet up with the trends in term of technology and development.

Dean of the Faculty of Education

Also, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Uyo, Prof Ntiaobong Ekong, expressed displeasure with the poor state of education from primary to tertiary levels, especially in public schools.

Agriculture Education

The professor of Agriculture Education reechoed the call for government urgent intervention in the sector.

He equally maintained that there was no country that developed without sound foundation on education of its citizens, describing it as the main instrument for national development.

Ekong said: ‘’At 62, I want to specifically say that the education system in Nigeria is not as mature as the country at 62.
‘’ASUU strike is getting to the eighth month now and there’s no concrete solution, no postive focus on ways to resolve the issue.

’’
He decried the degree of brain drain in the education sector due to the neglect and urged government to prioritise it in order to enhance the nation’s development.

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