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All we are saying is…give education more money

· National Association of Nigerian students (NANS) tasks FG on increased funding for education

From SAMSON AKPU, Abakaliki

To end the falling standard of education in Nigeria, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the federal government to increase its funding to the sector.

In a chat with journalists in Abakaliki on his position on non-resumption of schools in the country, Director of Special Duties, NANS Zone B, Ebonyi State Representative, Comr. Nwuruku Olisa

said it was absurd for government to open markets, churches, etc, but not schools for academic activities to commence.

Insisting that governments of the federation should pay more attention to education than they have so far done, Olisa said the starting point is for Nigeria to raise the budgetary allocation to education to 26 per cent in accordance with the United Nations’ standard for developing countries, adding that Nigeria would not be able to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic without involving the education sector in the fight.

“The Education sector has the uncommon nature that gives it the capacity of offering inestimable contribution to the advancement of any Nation especially in problem solving, not least the present COVID -19 pandemic ravaging the monuments of Nations,” he said, stressing that his position was borne out of the enormous contribution, which researchers in the ivory towers would have made in the global fight against the pandemic if universities were sufficiently funded in Nigeria.

“Disappointingly, the poor attention paid to the education sector, particularly the university system, has also robbed the country of international prestige,” Olisa agonised. “The last time the world made her best schools recount, no Nigerian university was found among the best 1000 universities in the World, a reality that is not only injurious to the reputation of our country but also casts doubt on the training and competence of our students.”

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