The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrate Confraternity), Frigate Deck, has called on the Federal Government to help reverse the negative perception of education in Nigeria.
The association made the call in Calabar in a message to mark this year’s International Day Of Education which has as its theme: Invest in People, Prioritise Education.
The auditor of the NAS Frigate Deck, Bright Osas, said this is necessary because youths in the country are increasingly seeing education as a scam.
“There is a trend going on out there. People no longer seek education and think it’s not all that relevant for survival.
“This is because of the recent happenings in the country where you see a lot of people having gone through the rigours of academics and then at the end of the day they are not able to find a place to be relevant.
“Education actually gives you that platform for you to mix up freely and find a place to survive but for now, having gone to school, many find themselves not having that capacity to earn a living.
“Then you see those who have not even seen the four walls of education, through one godfather or the other, they find themselves in juicy positions and the big and mighty offices. So with that, the slogan has been education is a scam.
“We may actually come to that point where people no longer feel motivated to go to school because having looked at their neighbour, or this guy has not been to school before but today he is driving a big Benz. People want to do those dirty things that others did to be where they are.
“Government should as a matter of fact and urgency come to the rescue because the philosophy that is flowing and parading itself now, if we do not nip it in the bud, it will become more or less theory.
“Now it’s like an apotheosis but before you know it, it will become a way of life and people use it to survive.
“That’s why we have things like Yahoo boys, ritual this and that; because everyone wants to make money and education is a scam.
”So, until we rise to the situation by sensitising and trying to see how they can place education as a priority in the sense that when people graduate having burnt their time and other things let them have a place in the sense of the word especially for those who may not have the financial muscle to go to school let them support them.
“This Exodus movement where people are leaving Nigeria for foreign universities either to go and school or work, most of us are leaving and before you know it we will find none here except nonentities, we must rise to the occasion because education is key,” he said.
Also speaking, Inyang Asuquo, the secretary of the National Association of Seadogs, Frigate Deck Chapter , said It’s a call to action for every stakeholder in the educational sector.