Vice President Special Duties of NANS, Comrade Ayo Ayotade of the University of Lagos stated this in Kaduna while giving NANS award to a Kaduna based spare part merchant and Managing Director of Yeksin Enterprises, Mr. Sunday Akande.
NANS said, “Nigerian education sector requires surgical operation, which must be carried out to save the nation from collapse, hence the need for the Federal Government must as a matter of urgency allocate 26 per cent of the annual budget to education.”
“It is disturbing to note that some African countries who are poorer than Nigeria allocate more than 26 per cent of their annual budget to education. But, Nigerian govt has failed to invest in the education sector.
“Government has failed to recognise education as the key driver of national growth. Education is the most powerful tool to change the world, therefore, it requires urgent attention”, he said.
While noting that, illiteracy, poverty and unemployment were the major causes of insecurity bedivilling the country, Ayotade urged the award recipient to use his influence to preach to the power that be to accord education its pride of place.
Responding to the honour done to him, Mr. Sunday Akande said NANS Epitome of Societal Transformation Award given to him was a challenge, and he would do all within his ability to live up to expectations.
He however expressed appreciation to the students for the award and promised to do more to the uplifment of education in Nigeria.