POWER OUTAGE EFFECT ON THE EDUCATION OF NIGERIA

Power supply is one of the factors that aids the improvement of the educational system of any nation, but what happens when this factor is inadequate.

Nigerias power supply company was recently privatized with over $100 billion poured in by investors in the hopes of improvements and actuallisation of the VISION 2020 project, which due to the oil-rich situation of Nigeria should have the capacity to provide electricity to all its 150 million citizens, the privatization which also lead to the change of the name Nigeria Electric Power Authority ‘NEPA’ to Power Holding Company Of Nigeria ‘PHCN’.

But even with these changes there has been so little improvement in power supply, with many parts of the country still without electricity. This situation has affected the country’s education and learning standards in many Universities and Colleges, due to little or no electricity supply on hostels and campuses it makes it difficult to study during night hours without developing health problems such as eye problems resulting from the use of lantern and in most cases death due to too much inhalation of toxic fumes from generators.

This problem of epileptic power supply from ‘PHCN’ has posed a conundrum that has resulted into series of riots and protests from students in different states and universities. The most recent which involved students from University of Ibadan (UI) who grounded all academic, commercial and administrative activities on the campus and took to the streets bearing placards and banners with various inscriptions, chanting war songs and condemning ‘PHCN’ for making learning harrowing for them, crying out to the public most of the students made note that they have spent too much on diesel for private generators and Electric bills which are not given to them. Hopefully this problem will be addressed quickly so as to improve the education as well as living conditions of the citizens.

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VISION 2020 ON THE EDUCATIONAL SECTOR OF NIGERIA

Vision year 2020 is a dream set out by the federal government of Nigeria, initially by the former president Gen. O. Obasanjo and carried on by the current president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. It’s a strategic goal and Vision which aims to launch Nigeria into the league of the top 20 economies by the year 2020, it further entails that by the year 2020 Nigeria would have had a tremendous improvement, to become a country which can be compared to the economic standards of USA. Over the past 5 years lots of developments and projects has being set in motion to help see this dream manifest in the country.

In the Educational sector, it is believed that Nigeria will attain vision 2020 through science and technology. The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Ernest C. Nwapa has affirmed science and technology as the bedrock of development and a means to achieve a viable educational case for the actualization of this dream.

Engr. Nwapa made note on the importance of science and technology in a speech on the occasion of vision 2020 career counseling, industry awareness and youth empowerment, held in lagos a few months ago.

During this workshop a conclusion was revealed that a career in science, technology, oil and gas industry will be of great help to the Nigerian youths and the nations dream, and these career path requires science subjects such as physics, chemistry, mathematics.

Seeing the great opportunity that abound in oil and gas industries, the Federal Government under the leadership of Dr. Goodluck jonathan, signed in to law the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act in April 2010 which was geared towards developing and improving Local indigenous capacity with the view of enabling Nigerians to participate in development of the country’s oil and gas industry that would generate an estimated 300,000 job opportunities for Nigerians the next five years.

A country’s development without the involvement of youths is an exercise in futility, Nigerian youths are very highly endowed and encouraging them to participate gives them the opportunity to accept new and greater responsibilities.

EX-CONVICTS EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Nigerias educational systems which has shown rapid improvements over the years has now reached out to ex-convicts, with the help of benevolent organizations the opportunity of education is been made available for ex-convicts. The life recovering pre-release empowerment programme also known as project “ONESIMUS” took off in 2009, and has since then produced over 100 university graduates. This project which was set in motion by THE PRISON FOLLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA (PFN) in col-laboration with THE NIGERIA PRISON SERVICE (NPS) for the purpose of preparing beneficiaries for a productive life after serving their jail time, to give hope to the incarcerated and rejected inmates and ex-inmates not just for their sake but for the entire society as well.

The Executive Director Brr. Benson Ngozi Iwuogu who was present at the graduation ceremony of the former inmates made note that Nigeria’s prisons could not have been brimming with inmates if our leaders are doing the right things and Nigerians enjoying their socio-economic rights, stating that until the leaders finds a way to give every Nigerian a meaninful bite of the national cherry, the call for patriotism and assurance of safety and security would remain hollow and hypocritical.

This project has benefited a lot of people, because most of these inmates are able-bodied and young men and women who are just unlucky, most of them are charged with minor environmental or revenue offense and some are awaiting trial that will never come. The education which includes degrees, diplomas and many more has really changed the lives of many, the education which is based on different fields and aspects from Agriculture to Trading has provided them with a steady and legitimate source of income.

Why shouldn’t they get the opportunity to make a living, just because they were mistreated by the more priviledged and powerfull doesn’t mean they have to spend the rest of their lives being misreabble. This programme “ONESIMUS” is a blessing to the development of Nigeria’s Educational System and should be recommended for many African countries.

NOLLYWOOD REVIVAL

Cinema entertainment has always been a highlight of places and things, without cinema entertainment is left unbalanced. Nigeria’s entertainment industry has always made efforts to measure up to standards following the lead of pioneers Hollywood.

Nollywood’s tv shows and movies still needs a lots of work, from the acting, directing, scriptwritting, all the way to the production and marketing, lots of minor and major flaws are made which if corrected will make a positive difference.

It seems
Nollywood has run of storylines for movies, recent movies are always the same, just with different actors, one can even predict the outcome of a movie just by looking at the names, not subtle at all. Making a good movie requires money but what difference will it make when the other pieces of the puzzle are missing, for instance there’s no use of wasting a huge sum of money to make a movie when there are no good or impressive storylines and directing, imagine making a movie titled “MY ONLY LOVE” which is in the same storyline and exactly the same name as another movie titled “MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE” produced on the same year.

Other sectors that has major problems are the duration of movies and the production. It takes nollywood 2 – 3 months to make a movie, what’s the rush in production, this is a major problem, the hurry and urgency in producing a movie makes these movies worthless. Judging from this it’s obvious that if more time are put into the production of nigerian movies, it’ll yield a great outcome. Great Hollywood movies produced by notable production companies takes at least 10 – 12 months, this helps to fix flaws.

Another issue that still pose a setback is duration of movies, a good movie only take about 1hr – 2hrs at most but nollywoods movies takes 3hrs per movies and the most frustrating part is that most of them always have about two to three sequels. What takes up all the time in these movies, maybe it’s because of the irrelevant addition of unnecessary scenes, take for example a man going to work, steps out of his house, enters his car and drives all the way to work. ‘what the hell’