Why quality education should be prioritise in Nigeria University system- Prof. Dilli Dogo (2023)

Vice-Chancellor, Nile University of Nigeria, Prof. Dilli Dogo is a man with a tall CV. He is a first class graduate of Medicine, and administrator who graduated in 1984 with a distinction in medicine and physiology.

He has continue to to specialize in Surgery and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of surgery while providing provide first class medical services to both the public and private sector. 

In this exclusive interview with DOOSUUR IWAMBE, he examined some of the challenges affecting the nation’s education sector and how it can be tackled. Read the excepts.

Tell us about your journey so far in Nile University and what you are doing differently to make it stand out ?

I came to Nile University on a mission to support the evolution of the College of Health Sciences as Provost of the College. The college of health sciences was opened in 2016, and had a critical challenge around 2019 and that brought me here.

I’m proud to say that we are able to put everything in place and in the next four weeks, we shall be graduating our first set of Medical doctors and to me, even if I leave today, I can proudly say I’ve achieved the legacy I was trying to put in place here.

It’s a great privilege to serve this great institutions. Nile University is an institution with a difference. We are a member of Honoris United Universities, which is the largest pan-African Private higher education Network currently, with 15 universities in 10 African countries. 

I assume office here on March 8, 2022 as Vice Chancellor and since then, our focus has been to reengineer this institution be a world class institution that all of us can be proud of.

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Since we took over, we reinvigorated every aspect a university as it ought to be, recreating the foundation, pillars we need to reinforced, upgrading infrastructures, re-training all our staff with a huge focus of creating a world class university in Nigeria.

Currently, Nile University has 59 partner institutions across the globe. Nile university is committed to providing first class educational experience to the African continents so that quality of graduates can compete favovorably with any graduate anywhere in the world.

In our quest for excellence, the federal government is now working with us towards the take-off of one of a very few specialized institutions, the African Aero Space and Aviation university as part of the Aviation Roadmap by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government.

We have substantially completed all the formalities and I understand it has been approved.

The minister has requested that we should officially sign the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU.

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The media will be invited because it’s going to be a landmark occasion for the country. For the college of health, I want to tell you that it is rated as one of the best. 

How were you able to achieve this feat within this short period of time

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University administration and Medical administration is a familiar road for me. I have told you that I’ve worked in almost all the spheres of the academic sector for about 39 years now.

If you’re asked to drive on a road you’ve not travelled on before, you will not be able to know where the pot holes are and you will end up driving at a moderate speed. But if you are used to the road, you will even go at 100km per hour.

That is why we are here working against time. We want to catch up, we are devoted, focused and determined to get it done. We don’t want excuses.

We want to instill discipline in the system, we are restructuring. The zeal and policies have brought us this far.

Has the incessant strikes in nation’s universities been a blessing in disguise for private university?

I wouldn’t call it a blessing in disguise. To me, it’s a sad development because the private institutions are created to compliment efforts of government and not necessarily to take over.

The job of developing and impacting quality education in Nigeria cannot be done by government alone and that is where the private sector comes in. Everybody have a stake in it.

The government, private sectors, me and you. If the existing sector collapses, especially, the public system, you can imagine what it is. Everybody will be affected. There are certain public institutions that have about 70,000 students. If such a system collapse, you can imagine the collosal loss we will have as a country.

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Today, we have about 222 universities out of which 111 are private institutions. With all this on ground, you will still discover that if about one million candidates are sitting for JAMB every year, how many can be accommodated by the private sector.

What we encourage is that government should work hard to ensure that the job of governance and provision of quality education in public institutions continue while the private institutions continue to support the process.

What we are doing here in Nile University is to ensure that those who can afford quality education in the country are given the privilege and opportunity ,so they won’t have to go to other countries where the culture is strange. If we can provide the necessary infrastructures to produce this quality of education, its a win-win situation for Nigerians and Nigeria.

So, I don’t want people to see the strike as a blessing in disguise at all. Government has a major role to ensure quality education for all Nigerians. Whether there was a strike or not, Nile University will continue to grow because of its unique structure and quality.

What is your perception about education in Nigeria 

The education sector in Nigeria is vibrant because as you all know, Nigerians love education. They don’t want to be illiterates. What is lacking is quality education. By the time enough investment is made in education and quality is provided, it will fast track development and innovations in the country.

Our current move here in Nile is to create an industrial hub where people can come for research. One of our student in the faculty of engineering last year innovated, designed and produced a prototype of a “remote drip irrigation using GSM mode”l. In order words, you can be in your sitting room and be irrigating your farm through this irrigation. It won a lot of accolades. The Nigeria Society of Engineers were here to present a gift to her. All these can be made possible if we have the right type of education.

Unfortunately, in Nigeria, everyone want to be a graduate. What we don’t ask ourselves is what type of graduates we are producing. Is it graduates by name or through certification or graduate who can compete with their counterparts across the globe. Why you have a lot of unemployment today is because the graduates out there are not right for the industry. 

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A true graduate is trained to be independent. They are trained to be employers of Labour rather than looking into the market to be employed. If every institution is doing what we are doing here in Nile, we will be able to address some of these challenges.

Post Covid, what innovations is Nile putting in place to avert disruption of teaching, learning

Even before Covid-19, Nile was the first university to be certified by regulators to resume classes because we are proactive. We know what is required. I was the chairman of the covid committee and when the issue come up, we put up every structure that was required to curtail the spread.

We created a clinic and an isolation centre here in the university. Before them, there was no clinic here. Now, we have a university clinic and we are currently planning on building a medical Centre. The World need to be prepared for emergencies. The pandemic took the world by storm because nobody was ready.

However, it serve as an eye opener to many nations that we need to update and upgrade our infrastructures to cope and manage emergencies. 

What are the plans on ground to make Nile University the best in Africa?

For a university to thrive, there must be a good relationship between town and industry and the only way you can create this is by having a strong linkage with research and innovations.

The future economy will thrive on research. We need to create a critical research hub, then the patronage will come from industries. Collaboration will come and then, the system will impact positively. Nile university has a huge mission to achieve and we are committed to getting it done. The infrastructures you are seeing here on ground today is preparing us for the future.

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Where do you see Nile University in the next ten years?

In the next ten years, I want to see Nile in the league of Havard, Oxford and all those strong institutions that are contributing immensely to development across every sphere of life. I want to see Nile University as a reference point to other universities; as a the prime university driving growth in Nigeria.



What are the key cross cutting issues in sixty five years of university education in Nigeria? ›

Such issues include: the ad-hoc manner in which most of the universities were/are being established; inadequate funding; crisis of access; brain- drain; instability of academic calendar due to strikes; liberalization of university ownership and graduate unemployment.

Which university of education was the first in Nigeria? ›

TASUED was proclaimed by the Ogun State Government on the 29th of January, 2005, and approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the 28th of November, 2005, as the 76th and the first specialized University of Education in Nigeria.

What is the biggest challenge to Nigerian university education? ›

The shortage of lecturer is responsible for the poor quality of teaching and learning in most Nigerian higher institutions.

What are the problems of educational system in Nigeria? ›

According to Odia and Omofonmwan (2007) Nigeria educational system is characterised by poor funding, poor educational infrastructures, inadequate classrooms, inadequate teaching aids, poor laboratories, poor libraries, lack of quality teachers and poor learning environment.

What is the educational system in Nigeria? ›

The current educational system in Nigeria follows a 9 years basic education, 3 years senior secondary education and 4 years tertiary education.

What is the concept of education in Nigeria? ›

Nigeria's education system encompasses three different sectors: basic education (nine years), post-basic/senior secondary education (three years), and tertiary education (four to six years, depending on the program of study).

What change would make the largest impact on education in Nigeria? ›

We need to focus on teacher education to improve the quality of teachers and engage in their periodic testing and retraining. The promotion of teachers should be tied to the quality of their teaching, personal development, and the impact of teaching on students.

What are the challenges facing university education in Nigeria the way forward? ›

Some of the challenges include inadequate financing, deteriorated infrastructure, brain-drain and tertiary institution autonomy. Based on the literature, it was recommended the government she allocate more funds to the tertiary institutions so that they can be more effective in their day-today operations.

What are the factors responsible for the declining quality of higher education in Nigeria? ›

Lack of resources

Quality higher education is dependent on the quality and quantity of human and material resources put in place in institutions of higher learning. The lack of infrastructures such as science laboratories, workshops, students' hostels, libraries and electricity will affect the quality of education.

What are the two major problems faced by higher education at present *? ›

Today's colleges and universities face an unprecedented array of challenges and threats. These include enrollment declines, rising costs and student debt, emerging college alternatives, and political interference.

How can we improve the quality of education in Nigeria? ›

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  1. Increase funding to education sector. ...
  2. Examination malpractice has to finally end 'kpata kpata. ...
  3. Establishment of more vocational and technical centers. ...
  4. Need for independent inspectorate committees. ...
  5. Free Education. ...
  6. Quality and affordable education should be made available. ...
  7. Proper equipping of schools.

What are the five problem facing educational planning in Nigeria? ›

The article identified: inadequate funding of educational planning, inadequate educational planners, lack of data/information, shortage of planning materials, political influence, political instability and poor capacity development of educational planners as challenges facing planning of education in Nigeria.

What are the problems of quality education? ›

Poor quality education is leading to poor learning outcomes in India, ultimately pushing children out of the education system and leaving them vulnerable to child labour, abuse and violence.

What are the five goals of education in Nigeria? ›

What are the objectives of education according to the Nigerian education policy?
  • a free and, democratic society.
  • a just egalitarian society.
  • a united, strong and self-reliant nation.
  • a great and dynamic economy.
  • a land full of bright opportunities for all citizens.
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Is education the key to success in Nigeria? ›

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma Muktar, has reaffirmed that good and quality education is the best legacy that parents and guardians can leave for their children, describing it as key to success and relevance in life.

What is the importance of education in Nigeria? ›

It is fundamental to human and national development. Basic education brings growth and development to the young ones intellectual capacity as well as their morals, attitudes and how they relate to those around them. Every child is entitled to have a qualitative and sound education for a more promising prospect.

What is the concept of quality education? ›

Quality education specifically entails issues such as appropriate skills development, gender parity, provision of relevant school infrastructure, equipment, educational materials and resources, scholarships or teaching force.

What are the 5 concepts of education? ›

There are five primary educational learning theories: behaviorism, cognitive, constructivism, humanism, and connectivism.

What is the importance of education to the future of a greater Nigeria? ›

Education increases the knowledge

Since education increases knowledge, which in itself is the cure for ignorance, education is important to us, as individuals. Knowledge acquired can be in diverse fields but ultimately, it is such as can better our lives and makes us more civil citizens of our country, Nigeria.

How can we improve the quality of university education? ›

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  1. Hire a Qualified Lecturer. ...
  2. Measure the Student Outcomes and Improve. ...
  3. Provide Opportunities to Learn. ...
  4. Improve Teaching Methods. ...
  5. Introduce Innovative Infrastructure and Technology. ...
  6. Continuous Quality Improvement.

What are the cross cutting issues in education? ›

Cross-cutting issues are those which relate to and must be considered within other categories to be appropriately addressed, e.g. gender, age, equality, disability, and HIV and AIDS.

What are 8 cross cutting issues in education? ›

  • Peace and Security.
  • Democracy and Good Governance.
  • Economic Development and Regional Integration.
  • Humanitarian social and environment issues.
  • Cross Cutting Issues.
  • Gender, Women and Children.

What are cross cutting elements in education? ›

The National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education states that crosscutting concepts are “concepts that bridge disciplinary core boundaries, having explanatory value throughout much of science and engineering.

What are the challenges facing university education? ›

The Biggest Challenges facing Higher Education in 2022/2023
  • Introduction. ...
  • Climate Change and Sustainability. ...
  • Increased Focus on Applied Learning and Graduate Employability. ...
  • Falling Enrolment Rates.
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What are the 7 cross-cutting issues? ›

The PRSP1 document identified eight issues as cross-cutting: technology, gender, environment, imidugudu, HIV/AIDS, employment, capacity-building and inequality.

What is cross-cutting priorities? ›

Cross-Cutting Priorities. Primary prevention, early detection and treatment, and survivorship activities are overarching focus areas that programs use to prevent and control cancer. Interventions typically address one at a time.

What are the 7 cross-cutting concepts? ›

The seven crosscutting concepts presented in Chapter 4 of the Framework are as follows:
  • Patterns. ...
  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation. ...
  • Scale, proportion, and quantity. ...
  • Systems and system models. ...
  • Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation. ...
  • Structure and function. ...
  • Stability and change.

What are four of the biggest issues impacting education? ›

Several of the present issues of education are:
  • Government funding for education. On any list of current issues in education, school funding ranks near the top. ...
  • School safety. ...
  • Disciplinary policies. ...
  • Technology in education. ...
  • Charter schools and voucher programs. ...
  • Common Core. ...
  • Standardized testing. ...
  • Teacher salaries.
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What are the three major issues in education? ›

We've outlined the following 3 challenges facing education today… and how to solve them.
  • Problem #1: Resistance to Change. ...
  • Problem #2: Inflexible Education Budgets. ...
  • Problem #3: Outdated Professional Development Strategies.

What are the 3 main issues problem to be resolved in the educational system in the Philippines? ›

These include high dropout rates, low pupil performance, poor teacher quality in a system where teachers are central to the education process, irrelevant learning materials, excessive centralization, and inadequate financial resources.

What are the 3 cross curriculum priorities? ›

The cross-curriculum priorities are: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. Sustainability.

What are the benefits of cross-cutting? ›

These benefits include improved indoor air quality, reduced local air pollution and associated impacts on ecosystems, and improved resource management (Cabeza et al., 2022).

What is the importance of cross-cutting theme in education? ›

This helps learners to understand the relationship between their learning and the world of work. A school's curriculum should enable learners to gain experiences related to work and careers, developing knowledge of the breadth of opportunities available to them throughout their lives.

What is the biggest problem with the education system? ›

The teaching methods used decades ago simply do not work for the modern student. One of the biggest things holding back the American public education system is a lack of teacher innovation, partially created by the enforcement of standardized testing and the Common Core curriculum.

What are three critical issues facing colleges and universities today? ›

Today's colleges and universities face an unprecedented array of challenges and threats. These include enrollment declines, rising costs and student debt, emerging college alternatives, and political interference.


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