#TertiaryInstitutionsInNigeria : The state of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria and the Way Forward

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UNESCO in its report states that more than 50,000 Nigerians studied abroad in 2012. Most of these students choose the UK and the US. Nigerian student enrollment in the latter destination has increased more than 25% in the past five years, due to lack of confidence in the educational system.

This confirms the pitiful state and degradation of the Nigerian Educational system. Little wonder foreign corporations and multinationals (like Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Texaco etc) prefer to hire graduates (Nigerian and others) from foreign institutions from Europe, America or other parts of Africa (like South Africa and Ghana). These corporations do not have confidence in our educational system. They (the corporations) offer high paying salaries – basic salaries, full paid vacation, housing and transport allowances, medical benefits, vehicle maintenance allowance, stock options, annual bonus amongst others, to graduates from foreign or ‘more reputable’ institutions while Nigerian trained graduates are offered average salaries with little or no benefits.. For instance, take a look at Shell’s recruitment exercise; a Nigerian trained graduate has to undergo one-year intensive program/training to ‘improve the technical knowledge or know-how’ of such graduates before being considered for employment. The case is different with foreign-institutions graduates.

Without doubt, the government is to be blamed for the degradation of our educational system.. Was it not the advent of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) that saw introduction of catchment areas, federal character and the likes, which is now clear affects the quality of our admission processes into the universities and polytechnics. The administrators of our educational system – how are we taking care of them? No incentives are been offered.. Even scratch incentives, when last was their basic salaries paid? Every year, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) must strike.. Our professors are highly underpaid, lecturers hardly receive their salaries as at when due, yet these lecturers have to manage the inadequate educational infrastructures in our institutions. Non-teaching staffs aren’t left out. Yet government officials get their exorbitant bonuses, they acquire bulletproof cars worth billions of naira. Even, we continue to give ‘pensions’ to former presidents/governors who have not only looted public funds but are still servicing funds from contracts they awarded during their tenure, and yet some of them are still appointed as ministers or what have you. Whereas retired lecturers and civil servants have to queue for verification upon verification to get their pensions, some of them even lose their lives in this process.. Asides the government, our lecturers and administrators share in the blame for the current state of the educational system.. School management frustrates student unions, extort fees upon fees from students – acceptance fee, registration fee, verification of result fee, hostel fee (with hostels that could pass for prisons), this fee that fee, you must ‘gift’ non-teaching staffs before collecting or verifying your results.. Lecturers won’t pass students who refuse to buy their textbooks/manuals or prepared lecture notes/handouts. Female students suffer the most, ‘you must use what you have to get what you want’. What do you expect from such educational system? Also not to forget is case of cultism and campus fraternities and the vices they carry out.. Obviously, we need solutions to salvage this situation we are in. What needs to be done? Join us on the 26th of November 2016 on Twitter as we discuss the state of

#TertiaryInstitutionsInNigeria by 6pm GMT 1 with Dr. Dipo Awojide (@ogbenidipo on Twitter). Dr. Awojide obtained a BSc. Accounting from the University of Abuja, Nigeria. He went on to obtain MSc in International Business (with Distinction) from Coventry University, UK. He subsequently obtained a PhD in Strategic Management from Loughborough University, UK. He has worked in the Banking and Financial Services Sector and as a Researcher in the Human Resources Department at Brush Electrical Machines Ltd. In 2012, Dr. Awojide founded and was the President of the Nigerian Society at Loughborough University. He was nominated for and awarded the Best Nigerian (UK-Based) Student President in the Nigerian UK-Based Achievers Award 2013. Dr. Awojide is currently a Lecturer in Strategy at Nottingham Business School. He is a member of the British Academy of Management and the Africa Academy of Management. Join us by 6pm on Saturday the 26th as we look for the way forward and solutions to salvage the current state of our educational system. Hashtag to follow:- #TertiaryInstitutionsInNigeria

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