I am Adejumo Kabir, a part one student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
It is great privilege to write on the topic: “How Nigerian Government Can Help Students”
According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, education is defined as a process of teaching, training, and learning especially in schools or colleges, to improve knowledge and develop skill. I was surprises some months back when the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari announced himself as the minister of petroleum. As for me, I believe it would have been better if the number one citizen of the country made himself the minister of education as that remain the first sector in Nigeria calling for urgency
It is no longer a news that many Nigerian students suffer double jeopardy from the primary school to the tertiary institutions.
Last year, the students of Obafemi Awolowo University demonstrated against poor welfare in the institution, this led to the suspension of three union leaders, A student activist known as “Mote” in University of Ibadan is yet to be reinstated, and University of Lagos students were forced to sign indemnity.
The aforementioned happens almost in all our Institutions, this is a threat to freedom of association written in the constitution of our country. The poor suffers most because there is no affordable private universities for the vulnerable.
Where do we go from here ?, how can the government help the student ?
Truth be told, great avatar dwell among us. A good welfarism will stabilize Nigerian universities calendar, the payment of ASUU and NASU salaries and allowances as at when due is another way the government can help Nigerian students. With good academy standard and welfare, I dare to say that, foreigners will come to Nigeria for degree award in different field and our students stand the chance of being one of the best in the world.
Again, there is a saying that goes thus: “with gun, you can kill terrorists but with education, you can kill terrorism.”
More so, if the government organised seminars or talks on education in the northern part of the country, at the heart of hearts there won’t be Boko Haram. Education in Nigeria needs urgency, our academy standard is widely recognized, but to perfect this, we need government who are compassionate and understand the plight of Nigerian students.
Nigerian government need to inspire students and not coerce them, we need a positive development not static collaborator of an ungodly status quo.
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