Professor Sola Akinrinade, an expert in African international relations and history, has expressed dissatisfaction with Nigeria’s state of good governance, claiming that the nation does not have an impressive track record of such practices.
The don, however, cautioned that it was too soon to pass judgment on President Bola Tinubu’s current administration and urged it to give funding for higher education and the welfare of the nation’s higher education staff top priority.
He made this statement on Thursday during the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State, 10th distinguished lecture, which was held on the school’s campus.
“Knowledge, Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: The Missing Gap” was the title of the lecture.
Akinrinade emphasized that effective governance safeguards intellectual property, fosters innovation, and increases information accessibility.
The don said, “Up until now, our nation has not had a particularly impressive track record of sound governance. It is challenging to reach a consensus when taking into account every aspect of good governance that was previously mentioned, including accountability, transparency, participation, equality and inclusivity, rule of law, and the efficacy and efficiency of governmental procedures.
The government must prioritize funding for higher education and promote the welfare of academic and non-teaching staff who support this vital pillar of the country’s knowledge economy framework if it is to break from previous years of neglect. However, it is too early in the current administration’s tenure in the country for us to make any firm judgments about which way to go.
Akinrinnade, who highlighted the importance of knowledge and education for a country’s development, said
Noting that it required coordinated efforts from all stakeholders, including the government, donors, civil society, the commercial sectors, and academia, the development in the educational sector could not be accomplished in isolation.
According to Akinrinnase, “Knowledge is essential for development because it enables people to participate in the social, economic, and political aspects of their society, increase productivity, and enhance their well-being.”
“It provides individuals with the fundamental skills they need to contribute to society and refrain from actions that exacerbate existing social issues.”
“Innovation, or the development and spread of new goods, systems, and services that can add value and boost competitiveness, is mostly driven by knowledge.”
He went on to say that “if we want to move forward as a nation, we must embrace knowledge.” We cannot advance while detesting knowledge.
The government was tasked with increasing funding for education, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.
“Youth in Nigeria will be able to seize economic opportunities and participate actively in their own economy with the support of a stronger educational system,” he emphasized.
Additionally, he stated that by funding research and development and distributing funds according to merit, the government could play a major role in innovation and the advancement of technology.
During his concluding remarks, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, the Vice Chancellor of UNIMED, disclosed that the organization had implemented a policy that provided funding to researchers for their research.