Death of Omomoni: Nigeria Educational System Needs Total Overhaul – Mike Onolenmemen
A former Minister of Works under the President Good luck Jonathan administration, Dr. Mike Onolememen has called for the total overhaul of the Nigerian educational system from elementary to tertiary institutions if the country wish to produce the desired leaders of tomorrow.
In less than two weeks after the 12 years old Master Omomoni died in questionable circumstances in Dowen College in Lagos that attracted outrage from Nigerians with many demanding justice for his death, another video has surfaced where students of Idogbo Secondary School Students in Edo State went on rampage, destroying school properties, attacked the principal of the school and police on guard.
While the death of Master Omomoni has attracted outrage from Nigerians with many demanding justice for the young boy, the Adolor of Uromi, who is a proud product of the public school system, said the solution is in the total overhaul of the educational system, and that the event of the death of the boy and the rampage of the Idogbo Secondary School Students cannot be treated in isolation.
“From these two events that happened recently, I am of the opinion that there should be a cautious and keen look at the educational system in Nigeria, and this must start from the home. I commensurate with the family of Sylvester Omomoni who’s son died in Bowen College, I feel their pains and share in their grief because nothing can bring back the charming young man. However, in addition to finding immediate answers to the death, I think we need to go further to also finding root cause of the problem in schools generally. Just last week Friday, a video went viral where students of Idogbo Secondary Students in my home state went on destructive rampage, even going as far as attacking the principal and police during the unfortunate incident. These two very sad events should not be treated in isolation. We seem to be failing in our duties as parents, as guardians and as administrators of the educational system. No student should be sent to school to die in the hands of his fellow students nor should a child go to school and for any reason constitute him or herself as agent of destruction.
“We cannot leave the burden of child care and upbringing on the government alone, we as parents must take keen interest in the kinds of children we are raising from home to go to schools, either public or private because as it seems, there is ineffectual child management or gap in the educational system which starts right from the home. So there should be a holistical management system where all critical stakeholders must be factored in.”
He went further to express his thoughts on the need for thorough investigation of both incidents, and that justice must be seen to be done on the Omomoni case while some form of sanctions and reorientation will be needed on the Idogbo Secondary School mayhem by the Edo State Government.