The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Bamitale Omole, has said Nigeria is yet to meet the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) minimum budget on education. He also described inconsistency policies and mediocrity as some of the factors challenging the nation’s educational system.
Omole who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen on Wednesday, said the falling standard of education in Nigeria had affected every sector of the economy. He was speaking against the backdrop of a report which said the country had the worst education indicators in the world.
According to him, any country which intended to develop educationally must devote about 30 to 40 per cent of her annual budgetary allocation to the sector: “I think UNESCO is right, because in this nation today, there are students who sit on bare floor and under the trees. Any nation that wants to develop must devote 30 or 40 per cent of her annual budget to education,” he said.
“We have not even met the UNESCO minimum for budgeting on education. The problem is that it is not as if our leaders do not know what to do, I think in many area, the wrong people are filling the positions. We talk about federal character, we talk about all these characters, they will never help us… There is timing for everything; I think that issue of federal character should be looked into again.
“Mediocrity is killing every sector, not only the educational sector. Also, lack of vision of putting the right thing in the right place, political consideration, pretender politics are the things killing every sector… It is clear that it would have been good for a nation if all the people at the commanding eyes of economy, at the commanding eyes of politics, are the people who know exactly their onions, but that is not what we have.”