- Governments across levels have been urged to invest in the education sector
- Former governor Peter Obi made this admonition during a lecture series at the University of Nigeria Nsuka (UNN)
- Obi noted that education is the bedrock of the economy and the only way Nigeria can successfully sail from the lake of abject poverty and illiteracy
Peter Obi, a former vice presidential candidate, has called for more funding of the education sector, saying that is the way to boost the economy and save Nigeria from the cesspool of economic collapse.
Obi made this known while speaking on the title “Nigeria at 60 and the Journey So Far” on Wednesday, October 7, at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).
The former governor, who noted that education is the engine room of socio-economic development, blamed lack of sufficient funding of the education sector for the deteriorating economy.
He regretted that since Nigeria got its independence from the colonial imperialists, much has not been done to uplift education of the country which in turn is putting a big pressure on sustainability of the economy.
According to him, no fewer than 15 million Nigerian children are out of school, what he termed as sad statistics that showed the level of government's commitment to the education sector.
In his words:
"For Nigeria to compete with developed nations, the country must massively invest in education by allocating adequate funds in the annual budget.
"The annual budgets for education is low, an indication that the government is not giving education the required attention.
"We need to make adequate investment in education that will create more employment, increase literacy level and reduce poverty level in the country."
Obi urged political office holders to reduce cost in government and follow the footprints of countries like China, India, United States, Britain and South Africa who have massively done well in terms of education.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari approved automatic employment for students of education upon graduation.
This was disclosed by the minister of education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu on Monday, October 5, to mark the World Teacher’s Day Celebration in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. Buhari also approved the free tuition fee and automatic admission to the biological children of teachers.