Education Quotes

“Students nowadays learn under very harsh condition which in itsself could lead to crisis. There are no sufficient teaching materials in our schools again, there is poor welfare for the students and the library and laboratories are now empty.”
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, speaking at the education summit at the Osun State University Osogbo
Source: February 8, 2011

“The poor education system in Nigeria is largely responsible for the alarming number of Nigerians seeking higher education in other countries…In the last 10 years, we have only implemented between 8 and 9 per cent of our annual budgetary allocation on education. It is very poor and we need to invest and refocus”. 

Dr. Nasir Fagge, National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
Source: Education Matters, Thursday, 13 September 2012.

“The curriculum in our schools needs to be reviewed. There is a mismatch between realities of our society and our tertiary institutions. We are producing graduates in courses we don’t need”.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, Lagos State Governor
Source: Education Matters, Friday, 14 September 2012

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Nelson Mandela

“Given the inescapable fact that government alone cannot fully meet the challenge of effectually funding education in the country, I enjoin the managements of our universities to explore alternative means of supplementing government funding through innovative and productive partnership with our development partners, alumni and all stakeholders”.
President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua at the unveiling of his 10-year plan to restructure and reposition the education sector at the 37th convocation ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
Source: Transparency for Nigeria, 13 December 2009


“Education is core to whatever we want to do as a nation. Nigeria cannot make much progress towards the attainment of its Vision 20-2020 unless we strengthen our educational system. We will therefore do our best in the next four years to reposition our educational sector in a way that the entire nation will appreciate".
President Goodluck Jonathan, responding to the recommendation of the Presidential Task Team on Education
Source: Mosaic Africa, May 21, 2011

“Corruption watchdog group Transparency International ranks Nigeria at number 143 out of 183 countries, with education being perceived as one of the most corrupt departments after police, political parties and the legislature”.
Source: Transparency for Nigeria, Thursday, 03 May 2012

 “There are over 60 quality universities in the Boston area - about half of what we have in the whole country. The United States (with roughly twice Nigeria’s population) has a total of 5,758 higher education institutions, an average of 115 per state. One private university – Harvard has an annual budget that exceeds the 2011 FGN investment in education, and its endowment funds were worth $37 billion in 2008! As you read this, Nigeria’s total external reserves is about $33.5 billion. We have work to do. The earlier we start, particularly in the northern and other educationally-backward states, the better. And this will only start when all public officers and political office-holders are compelled by their oaths of office and terms of appointment to enrol all their children in public primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria”. 

Nasir El-Rufai
Source: Transparency for Nigeria, Saturday, 30 July 2011

 “This three dimension strategy: Quality, Production, equitable distribution and effective application are the essential steps that must be taken if we are to realize significant benefits from our enormous investment in quality education over the years.”

President Goodluck Jonathan, at an event marking the beginning of the distribution of free textbooks and instructional materials to primary and junior secondary school pupils in Abuja Source:  June 8, 2012

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