Conflicting Issues of Access, Equity, Autonomy, Quality And Sustainability In A Deregulated Nigerian University Education

Martins Fabunmi


In this paper, the conflicting issues of access, equity and autonomy of Nigerian universities are discussed in relation to the need to attain and maintain a qualitative and sustainable university education in spite of its deregulation. Nigerians and their governments have attached a lot of emphasis to the provision of university education to the citizens.  This accounts for both huge annual private and public investments in university education and large number of forty seven universities in the country.  The deregulation of university education is an attempt to make universities in the country autonomous and sustainable.  Both admission and revenue generation should be regulated, so that the less privileged citizens will not be denied access to university education.  Otherwise, university education will become elitist, and the problem of attaining equity will crop up. However, there is a need for the Nigerian governments and education agencies to take caution over the deregulation of university education.  The paper, therefore, advocates leaving university education in the country to the dictates of the market forces.

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