Nigeria says it is the only country in Africa with National Repository of Open Educational Resources (OER) and has been confirmed by UNESCO.
Nigeria’s Representative to the 20th International conference of Vice-chancellors, Rectors and Presidents of African Universities, Professor Peter Okebukola made this known, following the announcement of Egypt on the successes recorded by the country on it Egyptian Knowledge Bank initiative .
Professor Okebukola who is also a consultant to the Association of African Universities AAU, hinted that Nigeria has been improving in her Global Ranking due to the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) OER initiative, which he said, enables the universities to put their research on internet.
According to him, “Nigeria over-couple of years have been improving in her global ranking because NUC is stimulating the universities to put their research resources on line.”
“On ranking of universities, countries take delight in showcasing their universities in terms of global lickables, for Nigeria in the last 2 years the NUC took a step towards establishing a National Policy on educational resources, there is no country in Africa today that has that and UNESCO has confirmed this. So the idea is for all our universities to do their research and make them all available on our OER platform.”
“Since the platform was established in Nigeria we have been seeing steady improvement in the ranking of Nigeria Universities,” Professor Okebukola added .
The education expert acknowledged that Nigeria needs to do more, by stimulating better quality and research in the areas where the country need them most.
He called for more investment in research activities saying thorough funding of research in Nigeria will develop capacities of researchers through training, develop institutional capacities through procurement of modern equipment.
“South Africa and Egypt are outpacing us on all these indicators of ranking we can outsmart them within five years if Nigeria inject heavy funds into doing quality research.”
“The amount of money spent in Nigeria to support research is like a drop in the ocean compared to what we heard from Egypt ,they boast of Nobel Prize winners in science ,in Nigeria we don’t have one single Nobel prize winner in science,” he added.
Prof. Okebukola hinted that a 2019-2023 revitilisation plan tagged, The Rasheed plan, has been developed by the National Universities Commission to help Nigeria overtake some countries in Africa in the area of quality research.
He further disclosed that the plan would need a total sum of 800 billion to fund.