Don seeks better funding for education
By Bukola Olamona
A Professor of Exploration Geophysics, Prof Adekunle Enikanselu has recommended that Nigeria as a country must significantly raise upward its current funding on education, especially in the area of geophysics as the dominant source of revenue.
He made the recommendation during the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) inaugural lecture series 111, titled ”Exploration Geophysics :A Reality or Mere Conjecture” held at the institution’s 2,500 Idibiye Hall.
He also said the current 7.05 percent allocation of the National budget to education, as against the UNESCO’s recommendation of 26percent to developing nations is unacceptable .
The Don posited that human resource development of lecturers and technologists needed to be accorded top priority so as to stem the current dominance of the industry by foreigners at the expense of competent indigenous graduates.
According to him: “This practice hinders the advancement of technology in the areas of geophysical data acquisition, processing and interpretation ”.
Enikanselu berated the situation where quacks in the profession operates unchallenged which exposed unsuspecting clients to risks thereby denting the image of qualified and authentic practitioners as well as reducing confidence in their findings.
“Relevant moderating bodies such as the Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) should be encouraged to perform their constitutional functions. They should be led by experts in the profession rather than political scientists without foundational bearing with geoscience ”
He advocated for a stronger University -Industry relationship because the current position is weak, adding that only a small portion of the huge profit declared by oil companies, finds its way to the University Laboratories, thereby having adverse effect on the quality of the graduates.
The Professor said the partnership with students, faculties and administrators are vital in furthering research, inspiring innovation and building a vibrant talent pool.
In an interview with The Hope, a participant, Barister Ebunoluwa Ogunyele said the lecturer has really hit the nail on the head by charging the government at all levels to adopt the UNESCO recommendation and should also encourage child education ,so that there will be less poverty and misinformation in the society .
Dignitaries who graced the lecture include the former Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof Adebiyi Daramola, Former Minister of Health, Dr Adewumi Abitoye, Former Commissioner for Information in Ondo State, Chief Femi Aluko, former Chairman of OSRC, Chief Sanya Oyinsan, members of Council, Lecturers, and students.