Nigeria’s education requires total revolution’
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Afe Babalola, has declared that the nation’s education requires a total revolution in view of the many ills like cultism, incessant strike and monumental indiscipline bedeviling the universities and other institutions of learning.
He also called for unity in the country, regardless of political affiliation, especially in his home state of Ekiti, in order to develop and move forward, noting that those who fought for the creation of the state did so under an atmosphere of unity.
Babalola stated this in the company of his wife, Chief Modupe, at the foundation laying ceremony of Afe Babalola Merit University, on a large expanse of land opposite the Federal Polytechnic, along Ijan-Ekiti Road in Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State.
The turning of sod was performed by the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Segun Oni, who stated that the state’s terrain was created for education, assuring Nigerians that before year 2030, ABMU would be the best university in Africa and promised to support it, since no amount would be too much to spend on education.
The event was attended by a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe; Senator Olabiyi Durojaye; the first justice from Ekiti State at the Supreme Court, Justice Olajide Olatawura, now retired; and Oni’s deputy, Dr. Sikiru Lawal.
A former Military Administrator of Ekiti State, Navy Captain Atanda Yusuf (rtd.); the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Tunji Odeyemi; former deputy governors of Ekiti State; Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana; members of the National Assembly and traditional rulers, among other dignitaries, attended the event.
On his reasons for establishing the model university, the proprietor further stated that but for education, he would not have attained his present position in the society, declaring that he did not want to go to school, but preferred and enjoyed the simple and happy life of the farm.
He admitted that education had transformed him, thereby knowing and appreciating the value of education, hence his desire to extend the same to his people.