Recently, the federal government prescribed “at least 26% minimum of the federal, state, and local Government budget” as ‘adequate level’ for Education financing in Nigeria (FRN, 2013, p. 70). This benchmark is reasonably intended to avert the dare consequences education programmes implementation would suffer if budgetary allocations fall below this policy prescription. But percentage budgetary allocations have continuously become inadequate (7%, 9%, 10%, 10%, 11%, 11%, 8%, 7%, and 7%) in recent years, (2010 – 2018), paralyzing education infrastructure and hence programme implementation in the universities which are ‘foreseeable’ consequences. Therefore, this paper believes that such public University financing behaviour impinge on ‘negligence-liability per se’, a culpable offense under the law of tort. And, immediate redress is necessary as well as create awareness among scholars, reset managerial action and focus political discourse on ‘policy-compliant’ university funding acts in the decades ahead.
Expanding Private Higher Educational Institutions in Africa: Implications for Good Governance (Published)
The conventional wisdom is that the proliferation of and concomitant increase in access to, tertiary education is central to bridging poverty gap in developing country and fast-tracking development. Scholars have also proposed the existence of a nexus between such educational advancements and good governance, especially in terms of the multiplier effect on political education, public participation and public accountability. The proposed paper assessed the conventional wisdom on the nexus between education, development and democracy in Africa drawing key insights from cross-sectional data obtained from national universities in the sub-region. The paper challenged the orthodoxy dominant within the international development community that increase in tertiary education is directly related to improved development and good governance. Although the number of universities have grown over the decade, the paper is keen to show that aside from increasing enrollment and improving access (to the neglect of quality) the preponderance of privately-owned universities, many of them with constricted visions on the open knowledge production and ideals that universities are supposed to represent and pursue, is problematic; indeed, as the paper argues, the political economy that drive their establishment and proliferation does not automatically translate into improved access due to skyrocketing school fees and sundry charges in a continent with a record of about 70% poverty ratio. Furthermore, the peculiar teaching curriculum and authoritarian management styles of the growing number of private universities have the potential to blunt the political and civic consciousness of their students and, in the final analysis, deepen the festering governance crisis in the country.