Utomi: dysfunctional education retarding Nigeria’s progress

Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo

Founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Professor Pat Utomi, has said Nigeria is not making progress due to its dysfunctional educational system.

He said all tiers of government should focus on quality primary education to lay a stronger foundation for the nation’s educational development.

Speaking on Wednesday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, at the maiden colloquium on education organised by Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi’s foundation lecture series with the theme: Education As An Input Variable for National Development,  Utomi noted that for the country to develop tremendously, vocational and technical education should be taken seriously by the Federal, state and local governments.

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The event was attended by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi; former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.-Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.); former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; ex-Minister of Works, Brig.-Gen. Raji Rasaki (retd.), ex-Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, among others.

Utomi said Nigeria would not make progress without getting its educational strategies right.

He advised the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the Education sector to revive technical and vocational education for the development of the country.

Also, a former Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Prof. Michael Faborode, posited that academic corruption in the universities system had brought major problems to educational development.

The education expert said academic corruption had painted the country in a bad light, adding that the National Universities Commission (NUC) should reform the system for better educational development.

He advised universities authorities to always provide leadership in repositioning the system.