Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), Pro-Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), has described the 1979 free education policy in the Western Nigeria as one of the saddest events in the history of Nigeria.
According to Babalakin, Western Nigeria embarked on a free education policy without the resource to fund it. He argued that while there was nothing wrong in free education, quality education not be sacrificed on the altar of free education.
A statement issued on Sunday stated that Babalakin made this known in his review of the Chief Olatunde Abudu’s biography, titled, “Sowing the Industrial Mustard Seed.”
“One of the saddest events in Nigeria’s life was 1979, when free education was declared in Western Nigeria without the resources to fund it. There is nothing wrong with free education, I support it but if I have to choose between quality education and free education, I will choose the former,” Babalakin stated.
The Biography, written by Prof. Omololu Soyombo, was publicly presented in Abeokuta, Ogun state as part of events marking the 90th birthday of Chief Abudu, a seasoned lawyer and industrialist.
The colourful event was graced by former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso; Justice Bola Ajibola; Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Senator Femi Okurounmu, Prof. Ajao Adelekan and Dr. G. Soyoye, among others.
The Executive Governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun, was duly represented by his deputy, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga.