Dr. Mansur Buhari, a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has called on alumni associations and parents to support government in reviving public education sector in Sokoto State.
The Don spoke on Saturday at the 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Reunion of 2004 Chapter of the Nagarta College Old Boys Association in Sokoto.
Buhari, who delivered a lecture during the occasion titled: “Revival of Education in Nigeria, the Role of Alumni Association,” said the challenges in the education sector are numerous and government alone cannot solve them.
“As Alma mata of our various schools, we need to always stand in order to ensure the foundation we were opportune to acquire education in those days continues to excel.
“Moreover, parents who can afford to sponsor their wards to private schools and even abroad should invest the huge amount in public institutions.
“With this, we will surely revive our system of education to enable quality, sustainable and reliable educational sector with the required teachers and teaching aid to produce better generation,” he said.
According to him, another major challenge in Nigerian education system is the fund allocated to the sector in the federal and state budgets.
“Our budgetary allocation to education is very small compared to other African countries, whom we contribute large percentage of their annual budget proposal through our education sponsorship into their country.
“As such, the government need to thoroughly and generously ensure more funds is budgeted to education sector not only in presentation but implementation.
“Moreover, the money allocated by government to sponsor students abroad should better be spent across our schools in order to expand the system,” the don added.
In his address, the National President, Nagarta Old Boys Association (NOBA), Prof. Abdulkadir Junaidu, commended the 2004 chapter for introducing prizes for the best performing students in the college.
Junaidu, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Animals Health and Fisheries, said the initiative would no doubt improve students’ performance and encourage them to study hard.
He applauded the guest lecturer for the presentation and called on the state Ministry for Science and Technology to look into the possibility of making the college be at par with Unity Schools in the country.
The College Principal, Malam Bello Tambuwal, expressed gratitude to the association for their dedication toward ensuring better learning environment in the school.
He further acknowledged and commended the effort of the state government in improving the standard of education in the state.
Earlier, the 2004 chapter President and Local Organising Committee Chairman of the AGM, Mr. Abubakar Dalhatu and Dr. Zayyanu Usman, respectively, commended their members for the success of the programme.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Nagarta College was the first school established in the Northern Protectorate, about 114 years ago, that produced past and current leaders in the country.