A former Commissioner for Education in Oyo State and Executive Assistant on Political Matters to the late Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Dr. Morounkola Thomas, yesterday, faulted the establishment of more universities, saying it is better to strengthen the existing ones than setting up more.
This also came as the Oyo State government, through the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Raman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to invest more in education.
They made the calls during the presentation of scholarship to 421 orphans and vulnerable children by Rest Anchor Total Child Parenting Foundation in Akobo, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Thomas, who was the chairman on the occasion, berated the Federal Government for neglecting the existing universities.
The three-time commissioner said: “If you have very sound primary and secondary education, you will be useful to the society. Now that we don’t have the resources, I do not see reasons why so many universities are being established. The existing ones are not well catered for. The Buhari government has established so many universities. What is happening to the University of Ibadan (UI), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and University of Benin (UNIBEN)? Have they reached their optimum?
“In fact, the Federal Government should hands off the primary and secondary education. It should let the state face it. This is why we call for restructuring. I believe that if we get our education right, we will solve most of our problems.”
On his part, Abdu-Raheem said: “The Federal Government needs to strengthen the existing varsities. We have to vote more money for the educational system. In Oyo State, education is taking the lion’s share in the budget. It is because we know we have to invest in the future of the youths to have a better country to live in.
President, Rest Anchor Foundation, Pastor Leye Adefioye, said impacting the society and the vulnerable made him happy while the Oyo State Co-ordinator of Child Protection Network (CPN), Mrs. Oluwatoyin Ogedengbe, said the gesture was in fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG 4).