The duo of the former Minister of Information and National Orientation and the Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State and General Overseer of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Prof. Jerry Gana and Dr. David Oyedepo, respectively, have advised President Muhammadu Buhari to consider fixing the education sector if truly he is committed to rewriting the nation’s history for good.
They said no nation can ever develop beyond the quality of her education, citing the examples of many nations including Singapore, Israel, South Korea, as countries that have achieved significant socio-economic development through massive investments in education.
The duo spoke at the weekend during the 11th convocation ceremony of the Covenant University, where Gana delivered a keynote address on the topic: ‘Improving Graduate Employability and Global Competitiveness: A review of Nigerian Higher Education Delivery’.
According to the former Minister and Chairman of Governing Council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, the multifaceted challenges confronting the education sector such as poor access, poor quality control mechanisms, and poor linkages between academic programmes and the national economic needs, if adequately addressed will translate to national rebirth.
In a similar development, Oyedepo, who titled his speech: ‘Towards the Rescue of a Nation on the Brink of Intellectual Bankruptcy’, also linked development to education.