The Nigerian Government recently approved 5 new PRIVATE universities, which I believe is pretty stupid!
When the universities were approved, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku said the reason was because ‘the country is facing challenge arising from the gross inadequacies of the current 117 universities in serving a population of over 150 million people’, he also said ‘this has continued to be a challenge and strategies being adopted by the Ministry of Education to address this challenge include encouraging private individuals and groups with unquestionable commitment to education to establish private universities’.
Before any average Nigerian can make-up his mind to enter a private university, he must have sold all the properties belonging to his generation, the generation before and the generation after. Why? Because the fees charged by any private university is ‘un-economical’ and unreasonable.
Nigeria already has an ‘unbelievable’ 40 private universities operating in the country. The country has 34 state-owned universities (6 science only universities), 34 federally-owned universities (9 science only universities) and 59 other degree awarding institutions, which do not function properly. Can you imagine?! Too bad I live in this atmosphere.
The universities already in existence are uncared for, the administrators don’t follow instructions and the universities are not properly funded. Nigeria spends $378m on education, from primary to secondary to tertiary level every year. While Harvard University spends around $3.9bn, with a deficit of $130m yearly. Though, I understand the huge gap, being the fact that one resides in a developed nation, while the other is found in an under-developing nation (but little or no improvements are what differentiates a developed nation from an under-developing nation), but still $378m is not ridiculously small, neither is it too much. But every amount should be spent deligently.
Nigeria also spent N13.5bn on the establishment of 9 universities. It makes me wonder, did they just raise buildings and put teachers there to teach? Are’nt they suppose to do more than that? Are the faculties really equipped? I guess they did’t care thats why they did it.
I do admit, that a good educational sector is’nt cheap to achieve, but more improvements need to be made. The Nigerian government needs to do more to improve the educational sector.