A Nigerian lecturer, Dipo Awojide has averred that academic excellence should be celebrated with huge rewards just like BBNaija winners.
Taking to micro-blogging platform, Twitter, Awojide queried the tradition of federal and state institutions rewarding their best graduating students with handshakes and as little as N5,000, when winners of a reality show goes home with a grand prize of N90M.
In a lengthy Twitter rant he called on the government to prioritize the education sector and invest in the youths.
In his words,
“If a #BBNajia winner can get N9OM in cash price there is no reason why best graduating students across our prestigious federal and state universities should be getting N5K, N1OK or a useless handshake. We must do better. Academic excellence should be celebrated!
“I am trying to save all of us the embarrassment of begging other countries. I am advocating for ways for us to become a true African giant. I am not criticizing entertainment. Enjoy but don’t lose focus☺️🤷🏽♂️.
Until we prioritize the education sector and invest in our youth, it is likely we will continue begging for ‘ventilators and vaccines’ from countries that see education and research as priorities.”