Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, said Nigeria’s higher education sub-sector is plagued with inadequate funding, corruption, inadequate infrastructure, shortage of academic staff, strike, brain drain, poor research, weak governance and insecurity.
The Minister called for the total overhauling of the higher education system to put the universities and other tertiary institutions at par with others around the globe.
The minister said this informed President Bola Tinubu’s decision to increase the education budget to 25 per cent with the right policies in place.
“We need to understand that before we can harness our human resources, we need to be sure of what we need to do to fill in the gaps that have, over the years, inexplicably pulled us back.
“We need to know the extent at which we have met contemporary demands of tertiary education globally and if it is not sufficient, how to address them.
“I passionately appeal to the roadmap committee of the Vice-Chancellor of Nigerian universities to provide the committee with quality memorandum of how our education sub-sector can be competitive in all ramification,”