A renowned University Professor of Medical science with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital and National President of Cancer Society of Nigeria, Professor Sani Abubakar Malami has decried the falling standard of academic excellence and poor state of infrastructure at Federal Government Colleges in Nigeria.
Professor Malami lamented this recently as guest speaker at the 40th anniversary of Federal Government College, Azare , Bauchi State.
In a paper he presented titled “Unity Schools and the Imperatives for Nation Building” at the occasion, the university don traced the historical background for the establishment of Unity Schools to the colonial era when Kings College, Lagos, was established by the colonial masters “in an effort to foster cohesion and integration amongst Nigerians because of its mandate to admit students from all over the three regions that made up Nigeria”.
The successes recorded through the establishment of both Kings and Queen Colleges according to Malami “successive government found it expedient to replicate similar schools as a means of strengthening the bond of unity among their products and to also reap the multiplier effects of peace and development in the larger society and thus the birth of Unity schools in Nigeria with the first three Government Colleges in Okposi, Sokoto and Warri respectively”.
While stressing one of the objectives behind the establishment of such schools which saw students from all over the country converging on one particular community, Malami maintained that “that singular policy alone had instilled in so many of us the spirit of our brothers keepers apart from the academic excellence that unity schools products are associated with in all field of human endeavor”.
In an emotion-laden voice Malami , who was also an old boy of FGC Azare, said “ I am quite certain that many of our departed teachers would have had heart attacks if they were to be confronted with the level of decay in the unity schools of today”.
“So, we can no longer pretend that all is well. For many of us, it is not only the joy of a pleasant reunion that persuaded us to come to Azare. A major reason is the need to come and contribute our widows’ mite in response to the shocking and decrepit state of infrastructures and facilities in our beloved school”, he said.
Other events witnessed at the anniversary celebration include novelty football match, gala and dinner events.