Ebonyi on the news again as the state government, has concluded plan to privatise EBSU. The state government are also insisting on reducing the faculties from 11 to 7, next in the list is to cut the number of departments from 70 to 35.
Ebonyi being the only state in the south east that is Educationally Less Developed State(ELDS), is to make education affordable to its citizens. Privatization is for capitalists, who can never subsidise cost. Already, statistic at disposal shows that Ebonyi youths are into hawking on the major road more than other youths in the country. Is this the way to bring these youths home?
Governor Elechi should tow the path of others and make education for Ebonyians affordable. He should expand the frontier of the existing institution by devouting more resources to them, not abysmally funded. Cutting down departments and faculties might hamper cordination, reduce the number of workforce, and lessen the number of students intake. What will be the fate of those whose departments are affected? Definitely, an untold hardship! Perhaps this idea was borne out of not considering the tragedy that loomed ahead.
This is no way trying to cast aspersions or condemn governor Elechi, but some of his policies do not hold water. At least he should have known that his subjects, mostly the youths that are of school age are lagging behind, when compared to their counterparts in other states of the zone(educationally)
The state ASUU led by comrade Emeka Nwakpu, should not relent effort to coerce the governor to return the state varsity to the state government. You can’t just wake up like a military dictator and deny the people access to education, in this Education For All(EFA) time. There are laws governing it which cannot be abridged, their principles must be rigidly and inviolably observed. After all Ogun state, has scores of higher institutions and the state government is coping with it.
By Michael Ignis