Lawmakers Call For State Of Emergency In Education

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Two Lagos lawmakers on Sunday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the lawmakers also urged him to organise a national conference on education.

They said this would help to address what they described as the rot in the sector.

NAN reports that the lawmakers were reacting to reports of the huge resources spent by Nigerians on tertiary education in other countries.

They said government needed to take urgent measures to bring back stability in the sector.

This, according to them, would be by reviewing the education curriculum, properly motivating lecturers, increasing the sector’s funding and addressing the problem of cultism.

Dr Rasak Balogun, Chief Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, told NAN that Ghanaians had in the past relied on Nigeria for almost everything, including education.

“But the reverse is now the case,” he said.

Balogun who represents Surulere I constituency said Nigerians have been sending their children to Ghanaian universities because of quality and stability in their system of education.

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“There is systemic failure in the nation’s tertiary education policy and I want to call on government to adopt measures that will reduce strikes in the schools to restore the confidence of Nigerians,” he said.

The Chief Whip also urged government to involve the lecturers in all they do concerning the funding of education.

“Let them know what government can spend on education and respect the agreements to curb incessant strikes.

“Mr President must have a will to revamp the education system because it is the bedrock of any development.

“The solution is very easy. The President should declare a state of emergency, call the stakeholders together and ensure strict compliance,” he said.

Balogun who claimed that the lecturers were not well motivated, thus leading to most graduates being not employable.

“There is need to urgently make federal universities competitive,” he said.

Mr Ipoola Omisore, who said he was in Ghana and saw the ‘alarming’ number of Nigerian students, noted that the problem was compounded by the fact that Nigeria witnessed brain drain between the 80s and 90s.

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