Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Tuesday faulted the proliferation of higher institutions of learning in Nigeria, saying government should look for ways to address some of the problems facing the education sector.
Soyinka said this against the backdrop of the recent merger of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) with the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) and the administrative consolidation of the four Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Polytechnics into one by the Ogun State Government.
Soyinka who spoke in Abeokuta, at the second day of the Ogun State Investors’ Forum, with the theme: “Ogun State: Open for Business”, condemned the move, saying: “The mindless proliferation of institutions was uncalled for.”
He said schools should not be established without the wherewithal to nurture them and urged governments to invest in “quality not quantity.”
He deplored also the centrist nature of the nation’s polity and called for a return to the epoch of healthy competitions of the 60s, which existed amongst states/regions that constituted the then Nigeria.
While commending the initiatives of the Ogun State government for organising the event, he cautioned that no state could maximise its potentials without the country returning to genuine federalism.