Executive secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, Professor Suleiman Bogoro has advised Nigerians to give priority to acquiring qualitative education rather than going after certificates and misplacement of priority.
Prof. Bogoro stated this while delivering a paper as the guest speaker at the 44th Air Force Institute of Technology, AFIT, graduation lecture in Kaduna.
He stated that the issue was already telling on young Nigerian graduates, many of whom could not defend the certificates they are holding in practical terms.
In the lecture titled ‘Sustainability of Higher Education Institutions In Nigeria: Challenges And Prospects,’ the TETFUND scribe noted that lack of research in most tertiary institutions in the country was responsible for low educational development, stressing that it was practically impossible for higher education institutions to succeed with inadequate funding, too much emphasis on teaching and less of research.
According to him, “It is simply impossible for higher education institutions to thrive with the present funding arrangements and too much emphasis on teaching and less of research. Already quality has been declining largely because of underfunding of the institutions.
“Higher investment in education in general, higher training and research & development in particular are the key factors that
will spin off the benefits to the country especially with the convergence of innovation and creativity with requirements of the Industry and Economy which compliment themselves naturally for national development and growth.
“For Nigerian higher education institutions to remain vibrant, competitive and justify their enormous costs, there is an urgent need for a reform package, which should have components dealing with funding and strategy. The products of higher education institutions need to be creators of employment rather than seekers of jobs. Institution of higher learning, therefore, need accept the fact that there is direct connection between scholarship and the world of work,” he said.
Contributing on the AFIT technological improvement, chairman, Nigeria Society of Engineers, Kaduna State chapter, Engr James Upahi said he was convinced that the institute was already prepared before the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari on production of arms locally, adding that Nigerian engineers were equal to the task if given required supports.
“We are very proud with what we have seen. We have been part parcel of developmental in Air Force’ technology. What we are particularly proud about is the inclusion of local content which is very high as well as the manpower.

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