THE APPALING STATE OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIA. by Abdulwaheed Oladeji
“The future of a great nation is in the hands of its youth”
I will like to add my own
“the future of a great nation resides in the hands of its youth but depends more on the type of training being given to her youths.”
In Nigeria, the education sector of the nation is actually what we can refer to as the worst of all sectors in the country and this is as a result of the poor quality of education being administered to its youth. Starting from primary education to tertiary education, the federal government of Nigeria has failed in investing in the nation’s future.
Using OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY(OAU) as a case study, the university dwells in its lost glory and it pains me whenever I see my fellow students shout GREAT IFE and leaves me with the question where is the greatness they are shouting of? .
Ranging from the dilapidated structures the institution as such has lecture theatres which I have decided to call 'prison' because a 150 capacity lecture theatre, where a course in which over 600 students struggle daily to hold a lecture there is unhealthy. Not to talk of the hostels provided for the students,where in a room meant for four is being inhabited by twelve and squatters.
Yet, the federal government of Nigeria is doing nothing about it pretending as if all is well with the education sector
On the part of the students, education has been taken to be their second option and this is so as a result of the rate of unemployment in the nation is very alarming even though regardless of the above, some students are still ready to learn but are being curbed due to lack of resources.
The education of the nation has been suffering from lack of funds and corrupt officials at the helm of affair in the ministry of education, thereby resulting in hike in tuition fee charged by school authorities and, lack of research works and textbooks. If this should continue like this, I fear it will soon reach a stage where a Nigerian Graduate will be compared to a college student in foreign country where the quality of education is good.
Lack of quality education is one of the reason why the country as being plunged into crisis ranging from terrorism to pipeline vandalism to robbery to kidnapping etc.
In conclusion, I urge the federal government of Nigeria to fund the education sector and ensure the fund is being used for what they are intended for.
Adegbola Abdulwaheed Oladeji
Oau Kilonshele News agency