How Nigeria’s elite avoid ‘bad education’


Recently, some Nigerian parliamentarians came up with a proposal to ban children of top officials from travelling abroad to complete their studies.

They argued that this would compel government officials – many of whom send their children to foreign universities – to increase funding for the domestic education sector.

According to a lawmaker behind the proposal, some 75,000 Nigerians are currently studying in countries such as Ghana, Benin Republic, Egypt, the UK and US – a form of educational tourism that represents a loss of N1tn ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) to the economy.

It is in this climate of decay that private universities have been flourishing in Nigeria.

In our series of letters from African writers, journalist Sola Odunfa reflects on the controversial proposal to ban the children of government officials and top civil servants from completing their education abroad.


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