OAU Courses dis-accreditation: Any big deal? by Yinka Oyesomi

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Few days ago, the media, social in particular, was awash with the
sorry-story of the lost accreditation of prestigious courses like Law,
Dentistry and two others, at the acclaimed ‘Africa’s Most beautiful
campus’ ; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife by the National
University Commission (NUC). At first, it came as a rude joke!

My bewildered-self contacted students of ‘Great Ife’, for the
authentication of the news, as at the moment, credible newspapers were
yet to report. The reason is not farfetched; this is Nigeria—where
rumour-mongering is the past-time on social media. ‘Mushroom’ news
platforms everywhere!

I thought, to expect anything good from a government that is carefree
about proper education funding is sheer self-illusory. In Nigeria,
education is obviously underfunded.

An anonymous source, from Faculty of Law, OAU, credited to have
explained that the lost accreditation is not a resultant effect of
lack of facilities but staff-wise. Whose gist? The jocularity of
education in Nigeria has been taken too far. Sad.

Who will tell the government that University students are priceless
assets, and are on the threshold of a world of useful service to the
nation? Who? That, toying with their future will be too precarious for
the nation to handle.

Is the lost accreditation a big deal? It is no novelty. For the
Faculty of Law, the event of 2006 has repeated itself. 21st Century
institution indeed. What a ruse!

The budgetary allocation for education is nothing to write home about.
Regrettably low. Terrible. Whereas, UNESCO recommends around 25%- 27%
of the Country’s budget, to be allocated to education. Reversed is the
case in Nigeria.

Students’ Unionism that ought to be an avenue for students to demand
for proper-funding of the education by the government, has been
proscribed by the managements of most institutions; without exception
to the ‘Great Ife’ Students’ Union.

This is obviously a unanimous calculated attempt to silence the Union,
by all ‘Chancellors of Vices’, whimsically.

The few neo-fascist Student-activists have always been victimized.
Why? Speaking against the draconic and anti-students’ policies of the
School Managements and Government have been their ‘crimes’.

The few institutions whose Unions have not been proscribed are not
near radical, independent, ideological, and mass-based. For those are
the attributes of a vibrant Students’ Union— that can drag the
government’s feet to the fire ; to make provisions for proper funding
of education. Gone are the glorious days of NANS! Not the award
‘selling’ one. Don’t get it twisted.

It is sheer irresponsibility on the part of the government for one of
it’s highly-revered higher institutions to loose its accreditation due
to the ridiculous reason of inadequate staffing. Tell me it’s not.

When we clamour for system change, they jest us. Truly, we are out of
our minds. Are we contesting that? But, what good has capitalism
brought to this wobbling nation? Tell me. I hope we get well soon.

Show me a Socialist state that socioeconomic rights, like ‘right to
education’ of her citizens are not guaranteed. Yet, we complain of the
failure of socialism. Capitalism has outlived its usefulness, no
doubt. Swallow the bitter pill.

History will be told of how Students were denied right to qualitative
and affordable education due to the recklessness of our rulling-class.
Yet, they suck our treasury dry with their ‘outrageously-killing’
salaries and allowances. Still, they are as useless as the ‘p’ in

A kaleidoscopic system is desperately needed to save our democracy
from this pang. System-change is the answer, I repeat.

Should we not be puzzled of how a ‘responsible’ government find his
crumbling educational system lofty? Are we close to Utopian, at all?
Please, does Buhari sleep at night?

‘Yinka Oyesomi is an undergraduate of Law and a member of Alliance of
Nigerian Students Against Neo-liberal Attacks (ANSA). He can be
reached via: adeyinkaoyesomi@gmail.com; +2348143490113

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