LASU VC bemoans the lackadaisical attitudes towards the state of education in Nigeria. It is satiric knowing that the university of Ibadan in recent times has remained the only tertiary educational institution representing Nigeria in global university ranking. However, though it is ranked as the best in Nigeria, it is the worst in the world. What a contrast!
This is sad because it speaks a lot about the low ranking rung on which Nigerian educational system occupies globally. Further still, it tells a lot about the pitiable state of education in Nigeria.
In recent times, in the 2018 edition of Webometric University Ranking, the University Of Ibadan was ranked the 1099th position in the world. In May 2018, also the premier university was rated 991 out of 1000 tertiary institutions by the center for World University Rankings (CWUR). This has caused a critical concern for Nigerian academics in proffering the possible cause(s) and solution(s) to this. In the bid to offer their explanations and reasons for this deterioration, the Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju A. Fagbohun, has contributed to the ongoing discussions about the state of Nigerian universities.
Fagbohun disclosed that inadequate funding and the failure in recognising education as a national priority, in which he emphatically pointed out inadequate funding as the chief reason Nigerian universities are under-performing. This, he disclosed during the sixth Prof. Adetokunbo Babatunde Sofoluwo Memorial Lecture at the University Of Lagos (UNILAG).
In his words, “I will argue that the rot in our tertiary institutions is largely a result of the failure to recognise education as a national priority, as a tool of socio-economic development and as a veritable weapon for social engineering” He spoke on further, “Education is a mega sector with cross–cutting and trans-sectoral utility”.
More so, he advised the provisions of sufficient resources, infrastructure and facilities as essential resources in fulfilling educational mandate in the 21st century. Fagbohun concluded that it will help the Nigerian tertiary institutions flourish, unfettered and unhindered if they are implemented.
Edutainment blog joins in the crusade for the reparation of the integrity of the Nigerian university institutions in the world. We hope to see every hand being on deck from the top to the least of every stakeholder who will stop at nothing in redeeming the stand of the Nigerian educational system both locally and internationally.