Why the Government of Nigeria should listen.

Axiomatically, Nigeria has been growing without a corresponding development; the growth parse is a shadow of itself when weighed in the smoke-screen of perfect growth. The insolence and disheartening treatment of educational sector in the country has call for a still-push in the silenced Nigerian.

UNESCO’s resolution that affects all its members (which Nigeria is a signatory) to map-out 26% of its national budget to educational sector seem to have been throne to waste-bin in Nigeria scene while some exacerbated policies are made to dominate the country’s polity; the incubated last year 10% of the budget to educational sector has hit another unwithstandable pressure and decline this year, yet the leaders still talk about the future of the country without recourse nor reprising repress to educational section.

Come to think of it, which other soothsayer is needed to tell the leaders that the recent witting exuberant extroversion in the country, increase in youth restiveness, constant political, social and religious upheavals, as well as other delinquencies has a lot to do with neglect of youth and educational sector. The leaders only claim resentful while the worst waits the retched futuristic youths.

The melodrama in Nigerian Universities is reached its peak since last year resulting to students unnatural insomnia after taking to heeds which presumably is an indication of underfunding; the students cry, the lecturers complain while the management bamboozle sat mute or give overdose punishments in some cases.  The intensity of reoccurring destruction is a clear indication that educational sector may soon be privatized like other sectors (and then, their greater tragedy commence) while many others may face compulsory liquidation.

The high cases that dominate the Nigeria’s polity in papers are purely on “security” and oil sector, others are secondary. The battle seem endless for the poor masses who dared Nigeria education, after all, some of our leaders has said it is strictly meant for the rich, even when most of the rich knows that Nigeria education -in most cases- are shadows of itself (IMT Enugu can say more), thus, their children are rarely seen schooling in the country.

With the increasing surge in killing of NYSC member in most Northern part of the country, one may be tempted to quest for its indigenization or better still scrapping hence the motive towards its initiation by Government Of Gen (Rtd) Yakubu Gowon after the civil war – rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation– seem defeated.

It’s no longer news that some state forcefully gave their secondary students over holidays as a result of incessant strike action. A clear look in some states index showed that the so called students spent less than half of their original time inside the school, thus, promoting brain-drain. The truth remains that most of our leaders has not thought of how danger loom for Nigeria future if nothing is urgently done to curb this deadly menace of neglecting educational sector.

The fathom daily killing by the dreaded Islamic Sect; Boko Haram is another essay of its own, the killings increasing by day, and most recently, the disintegration of the sect into Boko Haram and Ansaru. The former allegated the former of unnecessary killing without recourse to Koran’s position, killing of Muslims among other charges.

While we decried over the divide and rule and gunboat politics in Nigeria, another erupted from the government house of Abia State late last year captioned “Backloading of transfer of non-indigene in Abia State Public Service to their state of origin”. The paper further bears other Clauses. The first is the express approval from the government of the State on this hydra-headed issue. The second is the exclusion of only the tertiary institution sector without recourse to other younger educational sector that bores the first-aid character molding. The third is directives to the authorities that are to effect this “policy of modern ethnicity” to submit all non-indigene names on or before 1stof September (as the policy is expected to be effective from 1st Oct, 2011) as a non total urgent compliance attracts a hitherto sanction from the Government. One may wonder further what the policy is; it is simply a policy that disallows non-indigene to work in the Abia State Civil/Public Service. This: someone has soliloquized; may not be unconnected to the Policy of N18,000 minimum wage or pocket them all inside a pocket in the State. At least, this may be another downsizing measure the state wish to adopt. But has there been any provision to where the victims may be transferred to? NO!

Nigeria could only claim to have copied United State of America’s federalism and democracy but has failed to assess the integral and true nature of both. Can workers in Texas be ordered out by the government of Texas because they are indigene of New York?

In the same vein, it is imperative to note with recourse to the words of Funmilola Ajala when she opined that education remains the bedrock upon which the foundation of any civilized society is based. The basic tools of liberating the young and vulnerable in the society lies in putting an efficient and effective compulsory education in place for all. There is no doubt that the standard of education in Nigeria has drastically nosedived overtime; most importantly, the girl child education.

The trouble with this country has been unequivocally and sharply realign in the renown writer’s work (Prof Chinua Achebe The Trouble With Nig.) where he asserts that “the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigeria land or climate or water or air or anything else. The Nigeria problem is the unwillingness of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example which is the hallmarks of true leadership”. It is nonetheless essential for Nigeria leaders to have a change of mind for posterity sake.

It is further sine qua non to note that active future of Nigeria do not only depend in hoisting its flag, having uncountable agendas, constant amendment of its constitution, using terror to fight terror, travelling globally to invite investors, celebration of adversities in anniversaries and praying for peace, but on vibrant education, which a better consideration of UNESCO’s posit will help save the doom that awaits Nigerian educational sector. Time to act is now because we don’t know how soon, it may be too late. Moreover, it has been proven that illiteracy retards development, and to think of developing, we must first fight illiteracy with qualitative education. Nigeria government should take note!

BY Ahanonu Emmanuel Eca

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