An Intervention For Restoration In Education

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An alumnus of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Dr Philip Ozuah made a donation of one million dollars to his alma mater at a fundraiser organised by the Provost of the College last month. The provost had made an appeal to the alumni of the college for financial support for the construction of a new student hostel and other infrastructure that requires repair in the institution. Consequently, a fundraiser was organised by the provost where donations were made by alumni of the institution. The initiative taken by the provost and the benevolent gesture of the alumni is commendable. This group of people came together to solve a problem that was affecting a higher institution of learning of which they have an affiliation. A strategy that can be adopted by other tertiary institutions of learning in Nigeria that are facing similar challenges.

The Nigerian government has not been living up to it's responsibilities in education. There has been a chronic degeneration of infrastructure in the nations education sector with no plan in motion by the government to mitigate it. Amenities and facilities in public higher institutions of learning can no longer support the needs of students because of their limited capacity and deplorable condition. These institutions who are important in the development of human capital have been neglected by the government for a long period of time. Sadly, these institutions that should be the cradle of innovation and development of most industries in the nation's economy have not been given the resources they need to thrive. One critical area that has been adversely affected by poor funding and degradation of educational infrastructure is science and technology. The nation has not gained traction in this area because of the unconducive environment for education. As a result, local capacity in this field is underdeveloped. The government has a duty to look for ways to tackle the challenges in education because it is critical in our economic development as a nation.

The action of Dr Ozuah and his fellow alumni of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, is praiseworthy. The alumni have chosen to be catalysts of progress in their alma mater. They have decided to contribute their quota for the development of education. They have chosen to lead by example. I believe that their deed will have a multiplier effect on education beyond their alma mater. The donations made by the alumni will go a long way in developing infrastructures in their alma mater. The provision of these infrastructures will create a conducive environment for students and enable them to focus on their studies in order to be the best that they can be. The motivation of students to focus on their studies because they are in a conducive learning environment will lead to a surge in innovation and progress especially in fields like science and technology. An outcome that will have a positive impact on the nation's economy.

The present poor state of education in Nigeria needs to be resolved by the government and relevant stakeholders. Education is critical to our development as a nation. It is the premise for the building of human capital; the most valuable asset of any nation. The decline in educational standard and deterioration of critical infrastructure in the sector should not be permitted any longer. The government and key stakeholders in the sector need to find solutions to the problems in the sector. Huge investments in infrastructure for education need to be made by the government and stakeholders. Funds should also be allocated for Research and Development in higher institutions of learning. Education needs to be placed in it's rightful position as a frontier of economic development. The country has more to gain if education is thriving than it declining. It is important that we come together as a nation to make it work.

I will like to express my gratitude to Dr Ozuah and the alumni of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. The cause they donated to is one that will have a positive impact on the lives of Nigerian students. They have shown through their actions that there are good people who are still interested in making education flourish in Nigeria. Dr Ozuah who made the largest donation at the fundraiser by his alma mater has made it known to all how highly he regards education. He is an advocate of quality education. Dr Ozuah is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore Einstein Medicine, New York and other institutions affiliated to it. May God reward him and other alumni of his alma mater for their act of benevolence. Amen.

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