Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Federal government has been charged to review the education sector budget upwardly, and also summon a summit to allow stakeholders in the sector collectively proffer solutions to the rot in the sector.
President, National Association of Nigerian Students’, Comrade Sunday Asefon gave the charge while addressing journalists at the Osun State Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Osogbo.
Asefon described the amount allocated to the education sector in the country’s 2021 budget as the worst in a decade.
It will be recalled that Nigeria budgeted 6.3 percent of its 2021 national budget on the Federal Ministry of Education.
A sum of N742.5 billion out of the total N11.7 trillion budget was allowed to the ministry out of which N615.1 billion is proposed to go into the recurrent expenditure of the ministry covering personnel and overhead costs while N127.3 billion is devoted to capital expenditure.
The NANS President noted that a careful analysis of the budget showed that the Federal government is not serious about revitalising education in the country
“The 2021 budget allocation for the education sector is worst in a decade. We call on Federal government to find means to jack up the education budget.
“We also urge the government to call for an education summit for stakeholders to come together and find a lasting solution to the challenges facing the sector.
“Nigeria should follow the path Singapore followed to tackle its education challenge and look forward to having a knowledge-based education.”
He called on the Federal government to include indigent students on conditioner cash transfer, an investment in the future, especially of Nigerian students, if allowed to benefit from the scheme.
“We, on our part, will also organise security summit across the NANS zones to challenge and forestall bandits from further harassing students, like the incident that happened in Kakanra Local Government Area of Katsina State, where students were kidnapped in broad daylight.