WITH end still not in sight in the lingering strike by lecturers of Nigerian universities under Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) auspices, following their protracted faceoff with federal government, about 78,000 Nigerians have migrated to Ghanaian universities.
Vice Chancellor of Crescent University, Abeokuta (CUAB), Prof. Ibrahim Gbajabiamila, gave the figure while speaking during a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, yesterday.
Explaining that the figure was derived from a study conducted by a social rights advocacy group, Gbajabiamila expressed worry that the development is robbing foreign exchange from Nigeria’s coffers since the students pay their fees in dollars and other hard currencies.
“The standard of education used to be high and I think our issue is that our standards are dropping as illustrated by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) results and other comparative data. We are not spending enough on education. Average countries are doing well. For example, Ghana is spending 25 per cent, while we were previously spending nine per cent and now in 2022 it has dropped down to five per cent.
That’s why it is difficult for the children to excel, and of course, we still have the issue of ASUU strike, which meant that since February, the children have been roaming the street. Of course, losing school time, as we have done, has made us not competitive.
Education is not a luxury, it’s a human right and our children have that right as an oil-producing nation to have quality education. Unfortunately, we should not rely on only the private sector to provide it. It is the public sector that has that right. But those that don’t have our oil wealth are doing better in that sector,” Gbajabiamila said.