Nigeria must prioritize primary, non-university education – Pat Utomi

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A political economy professor and management expert, Patrick Utomi, says what Nigeria needs to do now is carry out reforms that will prioritize primary education over other levels of education, especially university. in the education sector.

He says this is necessary because primary education is the foundation on which any learner would build.

Utomi expressed this view on the sidelines of a “Book Roundtable Speech and Award 2022” hosted by Flannel Business School (FBS), Lagos, recently.

He was a guest speaker at the forum and spoke about the “book” as an agent of change in a rapidly changing world.

According to him, it is at the primary education level that most people learn and form the basis of what they will grow up with in life and the future, including good reading habits.

“And that is why, as a country, we need to focus more on primary education than on higher education.

“If we do this, we will get quality products that will pass through both secondary and tertiary levels.”

However, the situation in the country is now what we can describe as “garbage in, garbage out”.

Utomi therefore advocated that primary education be run by the local government which is closest to the people and that parents have a better contribution.

He said those who make the decisions for university education in Nigeria, for example, are far from the grassroots people, adding that “to make matters worse, most of them do not send their children in Nigerian Universities.

He said that was why they gave a series of excuses as to why the government could not afford to fund education as it should.

The researcher further explained that it was worrying that the industrial action of the Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU) could linger so far, blaming the people with the resources of the country for the development.

He said members of the government should understand that shutting down public universities for so long is equivalent to working hard for the future of the country.

In his remarks at the event, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, praised the virtues of the event organizer, FBS Managing Director, Lawrence Omidiora, saying he is dedicated to pursuing courses that focus on the good of society.

He said the importance of books for personal development, life events and history such as those promoted by the school is commendable.

For his part, FBS chief executive Lawrence Omidiora said the sole purpose of the book roundtable was for stakeholders to chart a course towards overhauling the country’s dying reading culture.

He noted that the award was aimed at encouraging more Nigerians to identify with the book industry.

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