The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, has said there is a need for a total overhaul of Nigeria’s higher education system to bring the country’s universities and other tertiary institutions at par with others around the globe.
Mamman stated this in Abuja on Wednesday while declaring open the 8th edition of the “Libsense” Open Science Symposium. The theme of the symposium is ‘Advancing Open Science and Collaboration: The Role of Stakeholders’.
Represented by the Director of University Education, Mrs Rakiya Ilyasu, the minister said higher education institutions in the country are facing several challenges.
“Higher education is an education designed to produce manpower for the social, economic and technological development of the country.
“It is however, unfortunate that our higher education sub-sector is plagued with many challenges such as inadequate funding, corruption, inadequate infrastructural facilities, shortage of academic staff, strike actions, brain-drain, poor research, weak governance and insecurity, among others.
“You will agree with me that, the higher education landscape in Nigeria requires a total overhaul so that it can effectively put Nigeria universities and other levels of tertiary institutions at par with others around the globe,” he said.
The minister added that President Bola Tinubu is determined to address the challenges in the education sector.