Olanipekun seeks more budget for education
A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Wole Olanipekun, has urged the federal and state governments to comply with UNESCO recommendation that 26 per cent of the nation’s annual budget should go to the education sector.
Olanipekun said it was unfortunate that the international organisation’s recommendation was not being complied with in the country, lamenting that the development is responsible for collapse of the sector.
He warned that Nigeria would not improve in terms of development and value reorientation without proper education reform, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari’s quest to combat corruption and other vices will be a mirage, unless concrete steps are taken to reform the sector.
He spoke on Saturday in Ikere Ekiti, while giving scholarships to 181 secondary, university and Law School students, to mark the 2015 edition of the annual Wole Olanipekun Scholarship Award.
Olanipekun described the 19-year old annual award as a way of helping the indigent to pursue their chosen careers.
He said: “Education opens the eye of any society, so President Buhari must allow education renaissance to be the focus of his government. Where there is proper education, people will know how to vote right, how not to be terrorists, they will shun corruption, they will be industrious and show extreme measure of patriotism to their country. No society with proper education can be corrupted’’.