The Owner and Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Afe Babalola, has lamented the poor state of education in Nigeria.
Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the Nigerian educational system has so degenerated that many graduates cannot defend their certificates.
He was speaking at Igbajo, during a reception held in honour of Prof. Damilola Olawuyi, who is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships of the institution, and who recently became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Babalola praised his 37-year-old DVC, saying “I love bright, hardworking and industrious people, like Prof. Olawuyi.”
“My inclination towards bright and brilliant people has influenced the way I have been running my chambers over time. I have made it abundantly clear that the senior lawyers owe it a duty to take good care of their juniors.”
Babalola, who said poor education was worse and more dangerous than illiteracy, said, “Due to poor education, Nigeria is today producing graduates whose education makes them more dangerous than uneducated people.”
Professor Damilola Sunday Olawuyi, SAN, FCIArb, is an international jurist, professor of law, arbitrator, author and policy consultant, with expertise in petroleum, mining, energy and environmental law.
He has schooled at University of Oxford, Igbinedion University Okada and University of Calgary.