Nigeria does not want your Education

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The number of strikes in the Nigerian university makes it impossible to plan or predict your timeline in Nigerian institutions. In each regime, there are numerous strikes from NASU[1], ASUU,[2] NANS[3], SUG[4], etcetera. All these strike actions point towards government’s disinterest in funding and supporting education in Nigeria. The imposed Nigerian constitution states that “government shall… provide free primary, university education and free adult literacy program… when practicable…[5]

Just like in other years, the 2016 education budget showed the ‘impracticability’ of education to the Nigerian government. Even when they buy private jets and foreign estates, they still maintain that funding education in Nigeria is not practicable according to law. The 2016 federal allocation for education in the Nigerian national budget was 369.6billion naira which is approximately $950 million.[6] And there was no allocation for research institutions in the 2016 national budget,[7] against US$160 billion budget only for medical research in United States of America. [8]

 

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WHAT IS EDUCATION? Education is a process designed “to give knowledge to or develop the abilities of somebody by teaching.”[9] Progressive societies work towards developing their resources for the benefit of its citizens. They research and teach their citizens how to extract, process, distribute and utilize the resources in their environment for their wellbeing. Society’s sustenance is guaranteed by the ability of citizens to produce what they consume and TOOLS FOR THE PRODUCTION.[10] The role of education is to prepare citizens to utilize their human and natural resources for common good.

 

WHAT IS THE STYLE OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIA? Education in Nigeria teaches foreign-baked theories that do not really apply to our local situation. “The educational system still trains people for a life style that is unavailable and unaffordable to most Nigerians… alienates the Nigerian from his environment… In contrast to our pre-colonial education, which was tied to our ways of life.”[11]  Education in Nigeria forces students to cram and pour foreign theories for certificates, but denies them access to natural resources to apply these theories for productivity. The inefficiency of education in Nigeria is institutionalized in the Nigerian Mineral and Mining Act, which states that:

 

“… all lands in which minerals have been found in Nigeria and any area covered by its territorial waters or constituency and the Exclusive Economic Zone shall, from the commencement of this Act be acquired by the Government of the Federation…”[12] “No person shall search for or exploit mineral resources in Nigeria or divert or impound any water for the purpose of mining except as provided in this Act.[13]The property in mineral resources shall pass from the Government to the person by whom the mineral resources are lawfully won, upon their recovery in accordance with this Act.”[14]

 

The Nigerian students do not have the money nor political connection to win the access to mineral resources, hence foreign companies win. Nigerian engineers who are supposed to produce commodities from mineral resources only go for excursions to admire resources and foreign industries. They are not allowed access to learn how to produce things on their own. After graduation and NYSC, many of them switch into masters and PhD as they continue to wait for unavailable jobs.


 

How does the Mineral and Mining Act affect non-engineering courses?

Everybody in the society requires physical products for their survival: food, clothes, house, medicine, etcetera. These products are processed using different technical and engineering processes that set the foundation for human biological sustenance. The process of organizing the society and distributing these products for common good belongs to other disciplines that are not production oriented. Even the online marketing and surfing may only stand when there is a stable physical foundation, best provided by engineering.

 

The lawyer eats food, not laws and theories. He is employed by people who have resources and need legal advice on relating with others for equitable distribution and productivity. When people are unable to produce, they import; and by importation, they depend on the distributor’s mercy for survival. The economists who manage resources for the social justice have only little work when the resources are ferried to ‘Oyibo’ land. Traders pay all import duties and multiple taxes to deal on technically engineered products.

 

The remaining jobs are for counting profits from imported materials and exported crude resources. And, as long as the Nigerian Mineral and Mining Act is enforced, your education is inconsequential to the government structure or plan. In fact, government officials feel it is better you are never educated, so they will be justified to sell your resources. Your total lack or insufficient education will also help them to validate their anthem that “Nigerian youths are unemployable”.[15] Whether you strike in request for more money or not, as long as the mineral resources are yielding Forex for their expensive lifestyle, they are undisturbed.

 

They are not training you for anything. They do not consider your lecturers as being truly important to teaching the process of production. This is because their foreign business associates need your resources to produce what is consumed and utilized in the country. The school is just to keep you busy and distracted with lofty ideas and sweet dreams. Their foreign business associates and friends are paying handsomely for the continued supply of your mineral resources, while you are here striking like thunder. I na-agwa Biati.

 

Kindly share this article (through copy and paste or link sharing) with concerned and intelligent Nigerian youth. We are the ones to plan our way to freedom from industrial and social uselessness, and 21st century slavery. Start discussing with young people from your ethnic communities for a way out. Without access to your resources, you may never practice or witness the productive side of your education in Nigeria.

 

[1] Non-Academic-Staff-Union

[2] Academic-Staff-Union-for-Universities

[3] National-Association-of-Nigerian-Students

[4] Student-Union-Government

[5] Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2011 as amended, Section 18, subsection 3, paragraphs i, ii, iii

[6]Channels Television. December 22, 2015, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday presented a 2016 budget proposal of 6.07 trillion Naira. http://www.channelstv.com/2015/12/22/breakdown-of-nigerias-2016-budget/

[7] Channels Television. February 12, 2016, 2016 Budget: Scientists Lament Zero Allocation To Research Institutions. http://www.channelstv.com/2016/02/12/2016-budget-scientists-lament-zero-allocation-to-research-institutions/

[8] Cf. Dan Dunkley, http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)60149-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[9] Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

[10] Chukwunwike Enekwechi, YouWin: government’s MMM abi lottery, obtained on 16th August 2017. http://restartnaija.com/2017/08/16/youwin-governments-mmm-abi-lottery/

[11] Ogban Ogban-Iyam, Re-Inventing Nigeria through Pre-colonial Traditions In Issues in contemporary political economy of Nigeria.edited by Hassan A. Saliu. (Ilorin: T.A. Olayeri press, 1999). P73

[12] Nigerian minerals and mining act 2007 act no. 20, chapter 1, Part 1, Section 1, paragraph 2

[13] Nigerian minerals and mining act 2007 act no. 20, chapter 1, Part 1, Section 2, paragraph 1

[14] Nigerian minerals and mining act 2007 act no. 20, chapter 1, Part 1, Section 1, paragraph 3

[15] https://icirnigeria.org/why-nigerian-graduates-are-unemployable-dg-science-tech-agency/