Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), Pro Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), has stated that the Nigeria’s education sector has to be urgently restructured to enable it stay abreast of technological development arounf the world.
While speaking during the 7th Convocation Ceremony of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Babalakin urged the Federal Government and the states government to restructure and infuse reasonable funds into the system sa as to turn out employable graduates.
Dr. Babalakin, who spoke on the topic, “The desperate need to reposition Nigeria’s education sector” pointed out that the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, which ranked 4th among Medical schools in the Commonwealth of Nations in 1974, had ceased to appear on the list, while the country’s best university is ranked 800th in the world.
“However, there is hope but we have to start afresh. We must have an educational system that is globally competitive. A university should be properly funded. The world is not waiting for us. The world will start to respect us if we make our universities world class.
“Even when we say there is no money, I believe that with an ingenious application, the money will become available,” Babalakin stated.
The Senior Advocate charged the state government to use KWASU as a means to reposition education by making available adequate funding, adding that a situation where a grant was not provided to the university in the last five years did not augur well for the provision of quality education