A lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Port Harcourt, Dr Steve Wordu says Nigerian universities are not among the first 100 rated universities in the world.
Wordu stated this while speaking as a guest lecturer during the public presentation of two books, “Deepening Crisis in Nigerian Education System and Ikwerre in the 21st Century” written by Eze Chris Akani held at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt over the weekend. He disclosed that Nigerian universities were lagging behind in the 21st century in terms of social and economic development.
In this 21st century, he said there is a lot of competition in the university system by different countries in the world. According to him, the system today was driven by knowledge competitions, noting that countries are competiting in order to excel in both global resources and social economic development.
The Uniport lecturer however opined that African universities are far, far below the standard of global education compared to their counterparts across the world. Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion Eze Sir Mike Elechi said that the crisis in Nigerian educational system was uncalled for, adding that educationalists have important roles to play for the development of the country’s educational system.
Elechi commended the author of the two books, Eze Chris Akani for taking time to write the books, adding that the books have x-rayed the crisis of education in the country as well as provided solution to it among others.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the author of the two books, Eze Chris Akani described education as an essential tonic that would move, develop and transform the society from one state to the other.
He averred that “since 859 A.D when University of Alkarouine was established in Fes, Morocco (Africa) to the 21st century, university education has been responsible for the production of human capital and ideas that promote human and social development in the society.