‘Don’t re­turn Nige­ria to nanny state’

Weekly Trust - - News - Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Chair­man, Na­tion news­pa­per Ed­i­to­rial Board, Mr. Sam Omat­s­eye, has warned Nige­ri­ans not to elect lead­ers that would re­turn the coun­try to the nanny state dur­ing the 2019 gen­eral elec­tion.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at the Ig­bine­dion Univer­sity Okada while de­liv­er­ing the 16thCon­vo­ca­tion lec­ture ti­tled ‘Epis­toc­racy: The Chal­lenge of a Knowl­edge Democ­racy’, Omat­s­eye said a nanny state berthed on stom­ach in­fra­struc­ture which does not lead to progress.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Nige­ria needed to re­turn to a re­pub­lic of the en­light­ened, which Chief Obafemi Awolowo started by mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion com­pul­sory up to the univer­sity level.

He noted that the re­sources for free univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion would be avail­able if there is a will to do it.

Ear­lier, the Deputy Chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity, Chief Lucky Ig­bine­dion, had urged gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to pro­vide jobs for young grad­u­ates or cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment for skilled grad­u­ates to ex­cel.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.