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National Summit On Tertiary Education Reform: “No Nigerian Should Be Deprived of Education “- Obasanjo

The National Summit on tertiary education reform with the theme: “Reimagining Tertiary Education In Nigeria: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions”. Was held on the 22nd and 23rd of November, 2022. Hosted by the office of the speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila in association with the Tvc news media.

Obasanjo When asked about the opportunity Nigeria has missed in the education sector. He pointed that Nigeria has missed and is still missing in the educational system, due to lack of the adoption of Polar educational system. He thanked Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila the speaker of the event for the great opportunity given to address the issues, challenges and solutions surrounding tertiary education in Nigeria.

According to former president Obasanjo. He said “The opportunity Nigeria has missed is the polar educational system that is education for all”. Adding that 20 million of Nigerians are school dropouts. And if the government do not stand up to send them back to school, then Nigeria should await the consequences in future. He said, before looking at the tertiary education, we should also look at the primary and secondary education. Making a proverb which says “ If the root is faulty, then the top should expect more fault”.

“Education is not the responsibility of the government a lone. It is the responsibility of all. What about the parents, communities, leaders and even the individuals? Every Nigerian should not be deprived of education”. The Vice chancellor of Lagos state university, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun. Supported what the former president said about tertiary education in Nigeria.

Looking at one strong challenge affecting tertiary education in Nigeria is the problem of ASSU strike. Which was brought up by the speakers and during the welcome address of the events by Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila. He said he hopes the strike will be of past as it is one striking issue facing the tertiary education in Nigeria.

The issue of accommodation in tertiary education was talked about by the vice chancellor of Lagos State University. Saying, that the government should help in handling the accommodation in the university. The issue of giving scholarship, partnerships with reliable companies and laboratories. And also marketing the university will go a long way for it’s development.

It says we cannot give what we don’t have. We need to learn to build our universities, and have confidence in the system. The great asset of any nation is the youth and the academics. Investments on research should be embraced by the government. There should be need for technological research to aid development. Appropriate funding fees should be looked into. Creative sources for better development as the solutions to bring developments in tertiary education.

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