The former Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Professor Patrick Oladipo, has lamented on the deteriorating state of the educational system in Nigeria. He attributed the declining state of education in the country to poor budgetary allocations.
The former VC also advised Nigerian universities and education bodies to draw up additional non-budgetary funding policies to create avenues for external income.
Professor Patrick disclosed this during the Ekiti State University Lagos Chapter’s Alumni Dinner and Award Night, themed; “Alumni Associations As Harbinger Of Change For Educational Development In Nigeria.”
“Education in Nigeria is in decline; poor budgetary allocations and resultant under-funding of the institutions are responsible for their poor and abysmal performance and poor human capital development in the country.
“Because of changing world economic realities, it is now a matter of reality that universities have to come up with additional non-budgetary funding window options.
“To enable them to deliver on their mandate of delivery of quality education that is globally competitive and responsive to societal needs and challenges presented by a changing world that is increasingly knowledge-based,” Professor Patrick said.
Professor Patrick has singled out the Alumni associations for their crucial role played in maintaining and expanding a university’s development and its educational enterprise. He further urged the association to come to the aid of the Ekiti State University as it is currently struggling with financial setbacks, which is hindering the institution from performing its duties and obligations effectively.
“The role of Alumni associations as a huge talent pool and their involvement in philanthropic support and providing contributions voluntarily to their universities is crucial for maintaining and expanding a university’s development and its educational enterprise.
“Ekiti State University is presently struggling to keep its head above water while contending with a severely ailing economy and significant financial challenges. The EKSU alumni’s sustainable philanthropic support for the university’s teaching and research mission now becomes more necessary than ever before,” he added.