Donate To Nigerian Schools And Institutions

by Paul I. Adujie

$100 Million Dollars was donated by an American last week.

I read the story about an anonymous donor who donated the one hundred million dollars to Yale University, the donor instructed that the money be disbursed entirely to Yale University music programs. This means that the donor only intended to benefit the music department and faculty of Yale University. And not, say, Yale University Law School or Medical School, etc.

Before the Yale University’s Music Faculty sudden fortune, there were other news from the home front. Nigeria that is. Specifically, I read a story about one Aimiuwu who had started a website and a major drive geared towards raising funds, materials and sundry resources for schools and centers of learning in Edo state Nigeria. This I think is a very commendable efforts that everyone should applaud.

This must be repeated in and replicated for all the states of Nigeria. This is important.

Much earlier in the year, there was also a news item that I read in The Guardian Newspapers editorial and opinion page, written by Mr. Sonala Olumhense. Mr. Olumhense through a confluence of efforts by several individuals and organizations, had thrown a challenge that required University of Ibadan alumni and well-wishers to match an earmarked fund, to which the original donor will multiply or something to that effect, and if I recollect correctly, the challenge was met and surpassed.

The real gist of what I am driving at here, is the wonders of private efforts at funding public and private schools and institutions world wide, more particularly, in the United States where major league universities, institutions of higher learning rely heavily on the goodwill of generous donors, members of the public, and former students who are happy to fund endowments for universities, law schools, colleges of medicine, and music schools or department as in the case of Yale University above mentioned.

Nigerians can do the same for Nigerian institutions!

Universities, Colleges and other institutions of higher learning in America compete for endowment Dollars yearly. These institutions engage in direct solicitations from former students or graduates of such institutions, as well as direct solicitations through fundraisers that are very frequently undertaken.

These sources of funds for these American institutions enable them engage in expansion projects, the availability of funds enable them to fund grants for research and development. It enables these institutions to enhance physical infrastructures and wealth of knowledge. Enable them to offer scholarships to the underprivileged of society.

Funding for education in America is not solely from school fees and government funding. Funding for the Arts, partly comes from a US government funded National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. And private citizens and corporations contribute generously to the advancement of Arts and Humanities in America. Advancement in science and technology, are also a cooperative joint efforts by individual persons, corporations and governments at all level in the United States. And creative energies are unleashed.

Again, these beneficial models can be replicated in Nigeria as well. It will take all Nigerians, individuals, corporations, private and public efforts to make Nigeria great.

Many Nigerians have heard of or even benefited from Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Foundation etc, perhaps we should begin to hear more of Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Nnamdi Azikiwe Foundation, Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Aminu Kano Foundation, Awojobi Foundation, Tai Solarin Foundation, Dr. Bala Usman Foundation etc, we got the idea? Nigerians should use the names of prominent Nigerians to establish foundations for public service and public good, such Nigerians must be our citizens who epitomize all that is good for all Nigerians, whether such Nigerians are or were public office holders, private citizen entrepreneurs and philanthropists etc. Nigerians for these purposes should be Nigerians who excelled in their lifetimes or brought honor and glory to Nigeria and Nigerians who led exemplary lives.

And through such foundations as I contemplate here, Nigerian private efforts would complement government’s efforts. We will build a decent society that advances to an outstanding and great society. We all have a stake in the outcome of Nigeria.

In the past, and even now, in the majority of cases, the ownership and funding of universities and institutions of higher learning in Nigeria have solely been the responsibility of government in Nigeria. Now, however, that trend is shifting somewhat. I am not advocating here that government abandon, or abdicate its responsibilities in the funding and management of government owned and managed universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, etc.

Ownership and funding of private universities are steadily multiplying in Nigeria, and more and more priorities of government now compete for funding, and of course, resources are not limitless. Hence the need to begin to look into innovative and brand new means of funding our universities and other institutions of higher learning, both public and privately owned.

Fund raisers are recommended, but additionally, graduates of Nigerian universities, medical schools and law schools and the many universities in Nigeria should make it a point of duty to donate books, money, equipment, technologies, innovations and ideation to the schools and institutions where we earned our academic laurels, schools, from primary schools to secondary schools to universities and professional schools where we in essence learned the tricks of our various professions.

We should not forget the schools and institutions where our callings and professions were moulded, and nurtured, where our formative professional training began. We should take sabbaticals to teach, volunteer and serve in all levels of Nigerian educational sectors. I am aware that some Nigerian professionals already engage in voluntary medical services and other professional services from their various overseas locations, as they embark on trips to Nigeria on a regula

r basis.

No donated money amounts are too large or too small, and other resources are equally important as well…materials and resources, equipment, books whether new or used, computers, whether new or used. In the past, I had written “Where Are The Nigerian Volunteers” and I wish to repeat that call now. Nigerians should volunteer more in efforts to create a great Nigeria. Nigerians should volunteer more time, money and materials. Nigerians should donate.

Nigerians need to actively engage and participate in making public and private institutions in Nigeria serve all Nigerians for our common good.

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romanus January 24, 2008 - 8:27 am

very instructive

romanus January 24, 2008 - 8:24 am

very inyteresting and instructive.

Anonymous January 22, 2006 - 10:13 am

donors wanted for a newly created department of science laboratory technology at ladoke akintola university of technology ogbomoso nigeria in area of building laboratories for the dept

prince kennedy Iyoha November 18, 2005 - 4:42 pm

The higher educational fundation, is a brillient idea. my question is who decide what higher institution receive attention.

And how do information about presant development reach donors to de fundation

Anonymous November 17, 2005 - 7:20 am

Hello everyone,

Here is a "Feedback" and these are some information that has come to light in response to "Donate to Nigerian Schools & Institutions"

The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation

The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation is a newly formed 501(c)(3) entity based in New York City. Seed funding for the foundation has been provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The mission of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation is to develop and articulate the case for support of Nigerian universities through increased public awareness and to harness financial support for targeted institutions by ensuring wise use of resources through well planned stewardship mechanisms and accountability systems.

About Nigeria

A multi-ethnic and multi-religious West African country with 250 different ethnic groups.

With a population of 137 million, it is the most populous country in Africa, accounting for approximately 20 percent of West Africa's people.

Its current transition to democracy represents an important opportunity for contributing to both national and regional stability.

NHEF Board of Trustees

Using education to awaken the "Giant of Africa" from her slumber

C. Sola Olopade, MD

In 1976, the Federal Government of Nigeria provided the capital to create the Nigeria Trust Fund to be administered by the African Development Bank.

The primary objective of the trust was to finance projects aimed at contributing to the economic and social development of the poorest of the regional member countries in Africa.

Nigeria was prosperous enough not only to take care of the needs of its people with free education up to the University level, but extended the largesse to the less privileged countries in Africa.

Almost three decades later, Nigeria, like most other African Nations handicapped by poor leadership, years of dictatorship, poor governance and corruption, struggles with the ravages of poverty in the midst of the global economic growth of the last two decades.

Our challenge today is to join the effort to rebuild a battered economy and neglected education system, essential keys to Nigerias future. I call on all Nigerians and friends of Nigeria in key and influential positions all over the world, especially in the USA. It is time to support Nigerias flailing economy, assist in the rebuilding of societal values and bring the educational infrastructure to 21st century standards.

We are profoundly grateful for the generosity of foundations and friends of Nigeria, most especially the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation for their support of the Nigerian democratic process and their firm commitment to higher education in Nigeria.

The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation, based in New York, is yet more visible evidence of The MacArthur Foundations support for higher education in Nigeria.

Well into the first year of our existence, we are making steady progress in the development of a diverse, qualified and talented Board that is reflective of our diversity, and unites us towards the common goal of rebuilding the educational structure in Nigeria.

Committed initially to the four Universities chosen by the MacArthur Foundation in Nigeria (Universities of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello, Port-Harcourt and Ado-Bayero), our goals are simple:

Making a very strong case for the support of higher education in Nigeria through fundraising, support of capacity building efforts, promotion of education initiatives, technology transfer through collaboration and expansion of the program beyond the initial universities in the future.

Towards the end of 2004, we hosted two development officers from the Universities of Ibadan and Ado-Bayero for two months, during which they had guidance and training on skills necessary for the effective operation and growth of a development office through our partnership with Community Counseling Services and exposure to development activities of some of the well established Universities in New York.

In the next two months, we will again host development officers from Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Port Harcourt, providing experiences similar to their colleagues who visited earlier.

On behalf of the Trustees of The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation, I welcome you to explore our website to review our detailed goals and objectives and to return for updates on our activities and growth.

I also urge you to join us with your ideas and financial support towards ensuring that through wise investment of our time and resources in promoting Higher Education in Nigeria, we may bring peace, security, growth and prosperity to our beloved country.

Who best to lead this effort but all of us

I have a firm belief that the best of Nigeria is yet to come.

With Best Wishes,

C. Sola Olopade, MBBS, MPH

President, Board of Trustees

Nigeria Higher Education Foundation

June 2005

Wale Adeosun

Akintunde I. Akinwande

Ola O. Akinboboye, MD

Tinuade T. Awe, Esq, Treasurer

Beatrice Hamza, Esq, Secretary

Dr. Vincent Idemyor

Abiodun O. K. Johnson, MBBS, MD

Arthur U. Mbanefo

Eugene C. Mojekwu

James E. Obi

Onuoha O. Odim

Ferdinand A. Ofodile, MD

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, MS

C. Sola Olopade, MBBS, MPH, President

Dr. Kamaldeen Sanni

Preston Ukoli, MD

Anonymous November 16, 2005 - 9:41 am

Our big men need to follow the example of the recent Mobitel Chief in his will released yesterday and leave more of their ill gotten wealth to educate those whom they stole for at least they dont need the money in death, their spoilt kids can make do with a little too!

Nina November 16, 2005 - 7:50 am

You are so right Paul! Thanks for this timely piece. Nigerians should step up to the plate and raise the standard of our educational system. Well said.


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