Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign
Affairs and Diaspora, has advised both parents and students to be wary of
patronizing sub-standard universities in the neighbouring countries.
statement issued in Abuja by her Media Aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the SSA gave
the advice when Mr Gbemileke Ogunronbi, President, National Association of
Nigerian Students (NANS) Benin Republic Chapter paid her a visit in Abuja.
raised an alarm that thousands of Nigerian students had their fate trapped in
about 52 non-accredited universities in Benin Republic.
to her, most of the private schools in the neighbouring countries, especially
Benin Republic, with Nigerians as their main students, were sub-standard.
pointed out that most of the institutions in the neighbouring countries
targeted Nigerian students, especially those that could not meet the admission
standard in Nigeria.
of these institutions that Nigerian students attend in our neighbouring
countries are sub-standard, we have better standard private universities in
Nigeria than those schools.
is why National Universities Commission (NUC) Joint Admission and Matriculation
Board (JAMB) and the Ministry of Education had to blacklist some of these
schools to save the innocent students.
students are being exploited in most of these countries, there is a particular
country we went to that a university is being run in the portal cabin right
inside a market,” she said.
to her, Nigeria would not accept certificate from such schools for the
National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC), because students who failed here run
to those schools.
waste your money, your resources, your energy going to those schools because
they are substandard. We need to embark on awareness creation about these
schools so that students would not be victims, our children don’t need to go
there and they are paying more and getting lesser quality.
us start believing in ourselves towards revamping this country, the economy and
using the money judiciously what it is supposed to be used for,” she
to her, if every government’s penny is spent judiciously we won’t be where we
are today, we have to move forward and that is why we have to build this
blamed the problem of education in the country on the bad leadership in the
past, stressing that Nigeria has better quality education than most of the
the issue of bad leadership in the past has affected the standard of education
in the country with most of Nigerian students as victims.
leadership over the years had plunged Nigeria to where we found ourselves
today, this is one of the reasons why the youth must support the President in
the fight against corruption.
money that are meant to be invested in schools are being stolen by the corrupt
leaders. President Buhari is fighting about your future to secure the
future,” she said.
have to be fixed and they are being fixed now, President Buhari is building the
promised that government would look into issues raised by the students and find
solutions to it.
Ogunronbi, said that thousands of Nigerian students have their fate trapped in
52 non-accredited universities scattered in Benin Republic.
decried the substandard and low quality of education and exploitation of Nigerian
students by the various higher institutions in Benin Republic.
recalled how the Federal Government had blacklisted some of these schools and
yet still being patronised by Nigerian students.
said that Nigerian students were being lured into those schools, because what
is being advertised is different from the quality given out.
said that the amount being paid was far above what was indicated in the
admission letter which most often put the students in a dilemma.
of this, many students drop out because they could not meet the financial
need the intervention of the Federal Government in some of the challenges
that we are facing in the Benin Republic as students.
also said that there is a great discrimination against Nigerian as they believe
that once you are a Nigerian, then you must be a criminal.
also raised security issue especially when crossing the boarders, saying
Nigerians are still being harassed even after checking all their documents.
student leader called on the government to intervene in the delay in enlisting
graduates from Benin Republic to serve in the NYSC as some of them have to stay
at home for two or three years before being cleared by the NYSC authority.