It is often said that to every coin there is an opposite side, this aptly fits how the internet age is taking a toll on the reading culture around the world. The current low level of literacy, poor reading and comprehension competencies of learners have greatly contributed to the unimpressive quality of education in our institutions.
With the theme: “Transforming Education through Partnership for Global Competitiveness,” the 20th edition of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG, was converged in Abuja to amongst other things address the decline in education; a sector that is critical to economic development. Various stakeholders have identified Nigerian education sector as being in dire straits, and requires both public and private sector intervention, if the country is to fulfill its potential as not only a regional powerhouse, but as a global player.
Before the advent of private universities, parents prefer their children attending government universities because they were highly rated among the best in the world. The likes of University of Lagos; University of Benin; University of Ilorin; University of Ibadan; University of Ile-Ife, amongst others were rated as some of the best in the past because they churned out brilliant students.
Moving through the ranks in the civil service is quite an onerous task that involves time, diligence, hard work, a lot of sacrifice and discipline.
Perhaps for Mr. SO Amure, the principal of State Senior Model College Igbogbo, Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos, who is on grade level 17, attained this position in the civil service without the last virtue of discipline. This might be responsible for his inglorious exit from the civil service after putting in many years of active service.
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma, Professor Cordelia Agbebaku, was in the news recently. She advocated the enactment of specific laws that will compel governments at all levels to implement the national gender policy in order to ensure the protection of women’s rights and gender equality in Nigeria.
In view of the lingering crisis in RSUST, what is the national body of ASUU doing, to resolve the impasse?
There is a saying that goes: “Think on what you can do for your country and not what your country can do for you.” A youth corps member of Batch ‘A’ 2012, Mr. Anyanwu Obinna, who as a Nigerian youth believes so much in this nation, called ‘Nigeria’, moved by passion, selflessly contributed his quota in making Nigeria great by single handedly building a 500-capacity library at Niger (Mixed) Secondary School, Asaba, the Delta State capital as one of his community development projects.
We will not compromise on the standard in the academy. We will consistently build on what we met and what we have developed to make the academy attain a world class status of a degree awarding institution.”
The furor that followed the appointment of the vice chancellor of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUT, is currently being replicated in Ebonyi State University, EBSU. The insistence of Governor Chibike Amaechi to reappoint Professor Barikeme Fakae as the vice chancellor has kept RSUST under lock and key. The scenario is playing itself out with the plan of Governor Martin Eechi of Ebonyi State to reappoint Professor Francis Idike for another tenure as the vice chancellor of the university