The name of the institution was changed, yes! UNILAG to MAU
But should we be fighting for the institution’s change of name or for a better quality education and an enabling environment that can cater for thousands that are being pumped out by federal and state institutions scattered all over the nation.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the last paragraph of the presidential speech of 2012 Democracy Day announced the changing of the prestigious University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University in honour of MKO’s sacrifice to democracy in Nigeria.
The decision by the federal government generated mixed feelings; some even forget other sections of the speech to focus on UNILAG’s change of name which was even on last paragraph.
A friend updated his facebook status with this ‘Even if MKO should wake up today he will seriously vex for GEJ #OccupyUnilag.’ MKO might ‘vex’ truly but the question I asked myself and not that friend is does the name change any other thing about the school and why should MKO vex for the name. hmmmmmmm
The institution is a federal institution and the decision was being made by the federal government and the Yoruba people would say ‘eran oba lo fi isu oba je’ meaning that the king’s yam was eaten by king’s goat.
There are other issues that concern every Nigerians in the speech but we failed to recognized, even though the change of name came last on the speech.
Part of the speech reads: ‘At the tertiary level, it is the policy of this administration that every State will have a Federal University’. Every state, one federal university yet the National Universities Commission have it on their website that there are 37 federal universities in Nigeria; universities of agriculture, technology, Petroleum Resources, defence and police academy inclusive.
There are also 37 state universities and 50 private universities totaling 124 universities; 38 state polytechnics, 21 federal polytechnics and 16 private polytechnics, and yet education still remains one of the most expensive commodities to a larger part of Nigerians.
Another question again; should we be asking for the reversal of the change of name or an affordable education?
We should rather remind the president that there are enough institutions to give every Nigerians the opportunity of quality education and that reformation of the education sector should be his priority not giving every state a federal university.
He noted that 9 new federal institutions were created while 9 new private universities were also licensed within last 12 months. Great abi, yes but there are no provisions for those that will be graduating from these institutions on a yearly basis.
Yet the president wants every Nigerian child to have an opportunity to receive quality education and acquire useful skills. We should just get it right that a larger number of institutions don’t amounts to a better quality education, not even affordable.
Ogun state have 18 polytechnics and universities yet parents still pay heavily in order to get a tertiary education for there wards.
Nigerians want an affordable education.
Nigerians want education that is of quality standard.
Nigerians want universities that would give us the edge in the global economy.
Nigerians want an enabling environment that would cater for our graduates in terms of employment.
…. the list is endless