Ola­nipekun seeks more bud­get for ed­u­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

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’’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.