Commenting on the poor state of tertiary education in Nigeria, Mr. Richard Akinola had called for the head of tertiary institutions to be held accountable on how they make use of funds they get from the government.
Speaking with SaharaReporters at Gani Fawehinmi Scholarship Award and Lecture, an annual event held to earmarked the support of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi to grassroots education in the country, Mr. Richard said Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts should also be made answerable for how education is being run in the country adding that aside from governments not paying needed attention to education, heads of tertiary institutions mismanage the little money they get from government and foreign funding organizations.
Mr. Richard said, “Successive government in this country have not done much for education, it has been paying lip-service to it but beyond government releasing funds, how has ASUU being able to monitor various Vice-Chancellors or Rectors in tertiary institutions because there is a lot of mismanagement of resources within various institutions.”
“It’s one thing to blame the government and it’s another thing to hold institutions responsible for some of the mismanagement happening in various schools. When forms are released, you still discover that toilets in institutions are bad and hostels are overcrowded like police cell.” Mr. Richard added.
Mr. Richard also urged unions not to focus solely on government inadequacies but also question institutions management across the country on their inefficiencies in producing up to standard graduates. He advised the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and similar bodies like the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to closely monitor and keep track of funds tertiary institutions the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics are being spent.
“Focus should move beyond government to institutions because funds, when released, might not be properly managed and utilized by various institutions. It won’t be out of place to set up a monitoring committee to monitor how funds are being expended.” Mr. Richard advised.
Mr. Richards asserted that ASUU and other unions fight for the release of funds from the federal government but leaving these funds at the total control of the management of institutions is part of the reasons education in the country remains stagnant.