INSTITUTIONAL WEAKNESS BANE OF NIGERIAN LEADERSHIP -- LEGAL PRACTITIONER
By Paulinus Onah
Uruagu Nnewi (Nnewi North), Aug. 6, 2018 (MOI) A legal practitioner Dr Okey Chidolue, has described as `injustice of embarrassing proportions’, the current National entrance cut-off marks for the 36 states of the federation.
Chidolue, a U.S.- trained lawyer, while reacting to how the Senate could change the trajectory of the country's leadership, maintained that a major problem with Nigeria was institutional weakness.
He noted that, Nigerians had remained casualties of bad governance as the institutions revolved around a few men.
The legal practitioner explained that this led to narrow-minded policies that lack fairness and programmes without sustainability in their entirety.
Reacting to the higher cut-off marks for South East, Mr Chidolue said: ``Anambra has a cut-off mark of 66, Abia, 65, Imo, 66 for both male and female students.
``Some Northern states like Bauchi has a cut-off mark of 18, Sokoto 15 for male and 7 for female students, while Yobe has a cut-off point of 20 for males and female students.”
He decried the quality of graduates that such a system would produce, wondering how Nigeria could still maintain such backward policies.
Chidolue insisted that those policies must be challenged at the National level.
``We were celebrating our school girls in Anambra who won world tech innovation award.
``We need to learn how these Anambra school girls are being taught so that it can become part of our National education policy.
``Lowering cut-off mark is lowering standards, and a clear attempt at fostering quackery and mediocrity.
``We need to standardise our system to bring
out the best in us,’’ Chidolue said. (MOI)