The rise in communal and regional conflicts in the past decade has been attributed to the lack of political will by successive government to improve education in all its spheres.
Speaking at the Nigeria Education Conference and Awards ( NECA) 2021, organised by
The Educational Tide Media, Prof Izu Nwachukwu of the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, bemoan the sorry state of education in Nigeria and indeed in sub-Saharan Africa.
According to the clinical professor, Cumming school of medicine ” the exponential growth in population in sub Saharan Africa and Nigeria’ s contribution is worrisome”.
Prof Nwachukwu who spoke virtually at the conference with the theme: Rethinking Education in Nigeria; Innovating the future, particularly harp on the travails of the girl- child education.
He said the alarming rate of population growth in Nigeria and especially in the northern region where cultural factors encumbers the girl-child education in particular calls for a rethink and innovation.
Citing statistics, he said, ” Despite been blessed with human and material resources, the country still lag behind the western world in terms of functional education. “When you give birth to a number of children you can not take care of, the result is child marriage. In particular, the girl-child can not access primary education, let alone secondary and tertiary education”.