National Universities Commission, NUC, has said that of all African countries, Nigeria contributes up to 50 percent of Africans in the Diaspora, as a consequence of the brain drain that constitutes one of the greatest development challenges facing the country.
This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, at a the public presentation of the book, Education and Sustainable Development in 21st Century Nigeria, authored by Professor Benedicta Egbo, a Professor of Education at the University of Windsor, Canada.
Okojie, who was represented at the event by a Director in the Commission, Professor Peter Onwualu, pointed out that Nigeria has lost most of its best brains to the brain drain syndrome, which has resulted in a significant percentage of best brains drifting to developed countries in search of greener pastures.
“Of all African countries, Nigeria contributes up to 50 percent of Africans in the Diaspora. Thus many Nigerians are found in Asia, Europe and the Americas, in strategic positions in business, healthcare, manufacturing, governance, academics, etc.
“The obvious negative effect of this is that the continent of Africa is denied the benefit of these brains and their contributions towards development. This has been identified as one of the reasons Africa has remained underdeveloped over the years.
He observed that the efforts of Nigeria and other countries in Africa in the drive for turning brain drain to brain gain is already yielding fruits, adding that a significant percentage of foreign direct investment, FDI, inflow into Nigeria is associated with activities of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The NUC Scribe commended the author of the book for carefully addressing the education sector in it, arguing that if the sector is correctly fixed, all other sectors will be fixed since everyone of them depends on availability of high quality human capacity for effective performance.
“The nine chapters of the book address almost all issues of importance in the education sector namely; basic education, higher education, teachers and teaching, creativity and innovations for sustainable economic development. The suggested strategies for the way forward will go a long way towards improving the education sector in Nigeria”, he assured.

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