Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
A legal luminary and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Afe Babalola (SAN), has attributed the crises confronting the nation to decay in the country’s educational system .
Babalola spoke in Ado Ekiti, at the weekend, while playing host simultaneously to leaders of Bursars’ Association of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology (BURSCON) and the Federal Government’s Gas Expansion Committee, who paid a courtesy call on ABUAD.
The BURSCON President, Chief Adolphus Obi and the leader of the FG’s Gas Expansion Committee, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, applauded Babalola for laying a solid foundation for the growth of education in Nigeria.
“At times, they used to close down the schools under the guise of strike action for almost a year, this is criminal. I want to be an example, a leader in transformation of education and that was why I established ABUAD.
On the issue of oil and gas in relation to Nigeria’s economy, the Legal Icon, said the country has more gas resources than petrol that can be turned into wealth, regretting that such enormous opportunities were being squandered due to the country’s wasteful dispositions.
Declaring the 44th conference, attended by Bursars from 40 Polytechnics opened , the Host Rector, Dr. Hephzibah Oladebeye and the BURSCON President, Chief Adolphus Obi, lamented poor funding of polytechnic education, saying such was responsible for the slow pace of technological development in Nigeria.