Dons and Lecturers in different universities across the country have condemned the Federal Government of Nigeria for the establishment of new higher institutions despite the poor funding of the existing ones.
According to Punch News, the Senate had approved the creation of eighty new federal tertiary institutions.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jubrin, had said during the passage of new bills to create new higher institutions that Nigeria was far short of tertiary institutions needed to meet its educational goals and aspirations.
According to Punch News, a former Head of Department, Foreign Languages, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Dr. Ngozi Iloh, stated that it was wrong to keep establishing new institutions when the existing ones are underfunded.
“I do not know whether to say those in position of authorities have gone crazy. Currently, ASUU is on strike because of poor funding; yet they are approving the establishment of more universities; this is very ridiculous. The existing ones are not funded.
“I see the development as politically motivated. Today, when a president or vice president is elected, the next day, they want to site a university in his or her community; it is not the proper thing to do. If you are establishing a higher institution, you must be ready to fund it,” she said.
A lecturer at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa state, Prof. Anna Malgwi said, “The idea behind the creation of more universities or other tertiary institutions is not wrong. The reason for the establishment of more institutions is to accommodate more students that have finished secondary schools.
“Unfortunately, some of the institutions already on ground do not have the facilities to operate smoothly. For instance, there is hardly enough accommodation for students and lecturers in universities. I think the new creation is largely politically motivated, which is not helping matters.”
Also, Dr. Phillip Ileleji of the department of Accountancy, Delta State University (DELSU), kicked against the establishment of more institutions across the country.
“Holistically, the educational system has been bastardized. The idea of establishing more tertiary institutions, in the face of these obvious neglects, should be jettisoned, at least for now.
“What the government should focus on is to fund the already existing institutions and bring them back to standards,” he said,
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