Don advocates improved funding for education
From Fasusi Martins, Okitipupa
A university don, Prof. Oluyemisi Akinyemiju has advocated improved funding for Nigeria’s education sector in line with other countries of the world so as to make significant progress .
Akinyemiju while speaking with The Hope described the low level of financial support given to the sector as grossly inadequate when compared with what is prescribed by UNESCO .
“UNESCO prescribed that fund for education should be 26% of the budget, but Nigeria puts between 7% to 9% of the National budget on education, how can you do that and expect good facilities and good educational system. “
“We need to invest more in our educational sector as a country, we need to train and retrain teachers. I believe that both the state and federal governments have roles to play in improving the standard of education In the country ,” he said.
Akinyemiju, a Professor of Agriculture Extension with University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU ) also said that regular training and proper motivation should be given to all the key players in the sector to encourage their productivity.
In his words” Regular training and proper motivation should be given to all the key players in the sector, when we talk of motivation, it is not limited to the payment of salaries alone, although it is an integral part. “
” There must be regular promotion, training and retraining, workshops and seminars to expose them to contemporary issues. “
He however appealed to the state governments to double efforts in terms of revenue generation, mostly in the tax system, so as to have fund to inject into critical areas of the economy.
” The IGR of some states is very low and they spend much of it on salaries and because of that, they have little to inject into critical areas of the economy like infrastructure, education, social services etc. “
” We need to go back and see what we can do about our IGR, starting from tax. The only tax the government is making is from civil servants, because there is no business, but if our IGR and tax system is doing well, we will have money to finance the education, ” he said.