…Says no nation grows more than her investment in education
“No great nation has ever emerged from ruin to greatness without deliberate investment on Education”.
With those words, Hon., Engr. Chris Emeka Azubogu, (yesterday, May 27th) in his goodwill message in commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day Celebration, called for prioritized attention for the nation’s education sector.
The lawmaker who represents Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo federal constituency in the House of Representatives explained that prioritized investment in the education sector will ensure that our children are properly schooled to meet current and future demands of an increasingly competitive and challenging world economy.
“The best we can gift our children is sound Education; which will save our society from many challenges. We cannot secure the future by investing poorly in the education of our children” he stressed.
The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) trained Engineer who spoke through his media office canvassed that access to quality education should be open to every child in our country as a matter of priority. His words:
“Access to quality education for every child in our country should be a matter of priority and not a choice”.
Further regretting that most public schools have become pitiable sights now basking in past glories, Azubogu was emphatic that government need to urgently refocus attention on them because they service the larger population. Hear him:
“Yes our enrollment has improved, but the quality that can secure our nation is lacking and that is the issue. Public Schools receive more Nigerian children than private schools; sadly a good number of them are mostly living in past glories and this should worry all of us”.
The federal lawmaker also known as ‘MR. PROJECT’ (on account of his quintessential representation) noted that, looking at our budgetary allocation to education over the years across the country, one will agree that our children need more attention in the knowledge sector to enhance their opportunities and chances of participating in a knowledge driven world where nations that educate their children lead.
“No Country can grow more than her investment in education and you will agree with me that countries that are making waves today paid extra attention to the education of their kids. That being the case, countries that will lead the future are investing today in the education of their kids” He said.
Engr. Azubogu, the Nnewi, Anambra state born data analyst, is deeply pained that Nigeria is not using any aspiring nation as a match-mark for equating progress in the education sector.
“We should make Education our policy thrust across states and align ourselves to global standards. If you consider MINT countries budgets’ on Education in 2020 for example, you will agree with me that we have the poorest allocation to Education among MINT countries with a paltry 6.7% of the budget allocated to the sector, of which about 78% of that goes to Recurrent Expenditure” he lamented.
Going forward, the lawmaker called for synergy among stakeholders on education development, stressing that educated minds are assets to any society.
“There is no doubt that an educated population is the wealth of a Nation. Without proper education of our children, even natural resources will be turned into a burden instead of wealth for society. I therefore reiterate my call for deliberate investment in the Education Sector for the sake of society and our children” he concluded.