Olaleye Aluko, Abuja
The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof. Elias Bogoro, has said that 94 per cent of Nigerian students still enroll in public universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education
He also said many Nigerian researchers were still analog and needed to be trained in the use of Information and Communication Technology.
Bogoro stated this while receiving experts from the International Computer Driving Licence who were in the country to plan training for academic and non-academic workers across public universities.
Bogoro said, “The majority of students in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are in public tertiary institutions. As I am talking to you, it is 94 per cent. In terms of numbers, the public institutions are about an equal number with the private but in terms of students’ population, the public has 94 per cent population.
“The training and capacity building are pretty weak. In this country, there are some intellectuals, even many researchers that are analog.
“That is unacceptable. When we go around the world in the knowledge economy, we must be operating at the same level with our competitors. That is very important.”
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint efficient hands who would implement government’s campaign promises.
The NANS National President, Danielson Akpan, made the call in Abuja at a briefing, noting that the President did not need “an all-politician cabinet but a blend of efficient and patriotic hands.”