In an increasingly competitive global village, the need for innovation in our collective quest for national actualisation and continued global relevance through a functional educational system cannot be overemphasized. Language forms the fulcrum around which all other forms of education revolve because language communication is a crucial gateway through which knowledge is acquired. This paper contends that our efforts to redeem the failing standard of education in Nigeria will not yield much result unless we focus first on the issue of the English language education. This paper equally focuses on the problems that bedevil the teaching/learning of English. It also proffers workable solutions towards remedying anomalies in the teaching and learning of the English language in our schools and colleges and again reaffirms its central place in our quest for a functional and innovative educational system in Nigeria.