Nigeria needs N1.1m to train each undergraduate, says Babalakin



Chairman of the agreement re-negotiating committee between the federal government and Nigerian universities, Dr .Wale Babalakin  (SAN),Saturday said Nigeria would require an average of N1.1 million to train each undergraduates in its universities.

He also challenged Nigeria universities to thrive to be among the top five rated universities in the world if the nation must compete favourably with the rest of the world.

Delivering the 7th 2019 convocation lecture of the Kwara state university, Malete, Babalakin  , regretted that” Nigeria has lost out completely in the world of academic”.

In his lecture titled “The Desperate Need to Reposition the Nigeria Education System”, the legal giant said as” a nation Nigeria must start again “.

Decrying the level of rot in the nation’s eduavtiona system,the guest lecturer regretted that the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan which was ranked no 4 in the 70s was no longer reckon with in the world.

There is nothing called a Nigerian education system , if we don’t have education system that can compete with the world, we should stop educating people.

“To train an undergraduates in the Nigeria university, Nigeria will N1.1million annually to enable an undergraduates have all the facilities required.”

He said the preferences of many companies to recruit expertrates inplace. of Nigerian graduates was “a vote of no confidence on Nigeria’s education system”.

“As a nation we must start again,I want to urge the Kwara state government  to use this university as a pilot case for restructuring Nigeria ‘s education .I urge the government to provide adequate funding for this university.I am told that in the last five years,this university has not received any subvention from the state government ,this is unacceptable,you cannot give birth to a child and abandoned it”,he said.

In his address,the visitor to the institution,governor AbdulRahman Abdurasaq , challenged the authorities of the university to join his administration in its “plan to make Kwara the agric hub of in West Africa by coming up with cutting edge-technology and ideas to realise this vision”.

Represented by the deputy governor, Mr Kayode Alabi ,the visitor also decried the recent anomalies discovered in the 2019 UTME calling on all stakeholders in the state to join hands with his government “to roll back this anomally in the most practical way”.

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