Olota of Ota Aworiland in Ogun State, Oba Abdulkabir Adeyemi Obalanlege, has blamed Federal and state governments as well as lecturers for the falling standard of education in the country.
Obalanlege, who is one of the first class monarchs in Ogun State and had lectured in higher institutions both in Nigeria and abroad, attributed the falling standard of education and production of half-baked graduates in Nigeria to lack of adeguate funding of universities by governments and indiscipline among lecturers.
The monarch spoke at the old students’ get-together party organised by the 1991/92 set of the Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta, the state capital. The Olota is also a member of the alumni.
He said Nigerian leaders derived joy in sending their children/wards abroad to study instead of sitting down, collaborating and dialoguing on how to improve standard of education with modern day technologies in the country, adding that majority of the lecturers were not well paid and no one cared about their welfare.
This, he said was responsible for a situation where academic and non-academic staff of universities became desperate to make money, the end result of which was the production of unproductive graduates by Nigerian universities.
He appealed to government to ensure adequate funding of institutions of learning.
The monarch appealed to youths to be focused while in school by shunning cultism and all forms of criminality.
Convener of the association, who is also Area 4 Commander, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Adekunle Ariyo Ajibade, said the group was formed to enable them to contribute their quotas to the development of the state and Nigeria at large.
He said the group would continue to promote unity and progress among them to better the society.
They appealed to the Ota monarch to use his good offices to improve on infrastructure that would enhance the living standard of the residents.