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Nigerian education horrifying, country in serious trouble says Wole Soyinka


Nobel laurete, Prof Wole Soyinka, has described the state of education in the country as horrifying, saying Nigeria is in trouble.

The prolific playwright spoke on Sunday at the University of Lagos, Akoka, during the presentation of a play, ‘Folly of Men.’

The play was an adaptation of three plays: Wole Soyinka’s ‘Trial of Brother Jero;’ Femi Osofisan’s ‘No More the Wasted Breed;’ and Bode Sowande’s ‘Mamiwater’s Wedding.’

The event was part of activities commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Government College, Ibadan.

Soyinka, Osofisan and Sowande, who were old students of the college, were presented with different awards, along with Dr Christopher Kolade, and the late T.M. Aluko.

Soyinka, while fielding questions from journalists, commended the GCI Old Boys Association for organising the programme.

He said the country’s education was nothing to write home about.

Osofisan noted that government needed to invest more in education, adding that infrastructure and teachers’ salaries should be improved.

The playwright said, “What pains us now is that the school (Government College Ibadan) could produce people of worth before, but the whole thing has gone down now. We are hoping that this help generate new impetus and action about the school and education.”

The President of the GCI Old Boys Association, Dr Wale Babalakin, said the college had fallen into disrepair.

He explained that in the last one year, the group had spent over N500m to renovate the school’s structures.(Punch)

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