Reading, infrastructures worrisome in Nigerian schools– Arogbofa, Bogoro

A leader of the Yoruba Sociocultural Groups, Afenifere, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa, has said education is dying in the country because people no longer read to improve their knowledge.

Arogbofa said this in Akure on the occasion of his 85th birthday and public presentation of his new book, “The Psychology of Growing Old: A Personal Experience for both Old and Young”.

The Afenifere stalwart, while addressing the people present at the event, noted that education would die without books.

Arogbofa observed that the book publishing industry was also dying, mentioning some of the renowned publishing companies that had gone into extinction.

“Education is dying. I know we have modern technology like this and that, but we can’t begin all this without writing; without producing the books, and we are not producing. Where do we go?

“This is a challenge for us in education. And of course, without books, we can’t move ahead.

“I’m aware that some will write in their bedroom or publish in the kitchen, and nobody, no editor will know what they have written, and they will go in front of their house to start selling the books.

“The next thing is that we find them in the hands of our students. And that is where education is going,” he said.

Arogbofa appealed to the state government and all stakeholders to see how to revive the reading culture in the country.

Meanwhile, a former Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Fund- TETFUND, in Nigeria, Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro said Nigerian universities were glorified secondary schools before the Education Trust Fund, now TETFUND, was established.

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Bogoro noted that it was the intervention of TETFUND in most of Nigerian public universities that revived their dilapidated structures.

He lauded President Bola Tinubu for working on his promise that Nigerian lecturers will not go on strike during his tenure and for establishing a student loan fund for indigent students.

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