OCTOBER 1ST: EDUCATION AND THE NEED TO RECLAIM NIGERIA – (NANS) ZONE D (SOUTH WEST)
As an association, we condemn the continual deplorable condition of education in the country for years.
No doubt, those who started the Nigerian project had good plans most especially as it relates to education, but unfortunately, it was hijacked by hyenas and foxes.
As students, we are sad that Nigeria has failed to look forward planning for the future. Nigeria is not thinking of the youths who will be the cornerstone of the society in the coming decades. Aside being plagued by a terrible standard of education, we are faced with mass unemployment? Despite the fact that Nigerians have been asking for a society that works with an enabling economic condition where businesses can thrive and employment can be available, there is nothing to show for it. Here we are today celebrating independence 60years after, still crawling.
In the North of Nigeria, thousands of the Almajiris continue to roam the streets without reasonable daily task. Beyond the religious education, they are left to become recruits for organisations like Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and other agencies which have made our military to be over-stretched. The government must be made to understand that if at all terrorism will end, it starts from breaking their recruitment and that cannot be done without the government massively investing in education and taking young children off the streets. We ask, Buhari, why are our children still roaming out-of-school?
Today, the country has approximately 10million children who are not in school. The implication is that 10million criminals are being made today who in some years would fill the streets. NANS cries looking at what is happening. We ask, Mr. President, are you still the President?
In the SouthWest, the legacy of late Obafemi Awolowo, Bola Ige, S.L.A Akintola and other leaders of the past who invested heavily in education has all being washed away. The schools these persons built with tax-payers money are collapsing without new ones being constructed.
In the Southeast, there is the same concern. A need for more facility to teach the children.
Other countries of the world recognise the need to invest in education and this shows why South Africa and Ghana have a larger budget for education than their Nigeria counterpart.
Nigeria spends billions on the defence budget which we can cut this down in the nearest future as the shackles of terrorism are destroyed through education leading to reduction in the number of those willing to take up arms against the State.
Where are our laboratories? Russia is looking for cure to COVID-19. USA is doing. What is Nigeria doing? Where are the state-of-the-art technology to research the virus and seek a cure?
NANS is in tears as Nigeria celebrate another independence day in total disarray.
For how long shall it be this way?
As an association, we will begin to mobilise our ranks and ensure students cry louder to the heads of government and agitate till we can bring the problem of education to priority. Ours is a country which has witnessed threescore years and which is still unable to stand upright, let alone walk, much less run. We must discontinue fooling ourselves by regarding the country as “the Giant of Africa” as it is an ignominious misnomer and mandate government at all level to commence massive funding of the educational sector as anything in the contrary shall make the country to continue to lag.
Kowe Odunayo Amos
Coordinator, NANS Zone D.
Giwa Yisa Temitope
Secretary-General, NANS Zone D.
Kazeem Olalekan Israel
PRO, NANS Zone D.