BY AMOS TAUNA, ABUJA – The National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), has expressed deep concern over what it described as the paltry amount allocated to the education sector in 2020 budget proposal presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Bihari.
NAPS noted that of the total sum N10.33tn budgeted for 2020 by the federal government, only N48bn (6.9 per cent) was allocated to education.
A statement by the National President of NAPS, Mohammed Eneji in Kaduna, advised the government at all levels to brace up on education in Nigeria.
Eneji said; “We charge the Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari to give more priority to education in Nigeria by dancing to UNESCO tune of 26 per cent allocation at all levels. It will enhance the proper funding of our educational system and in no time, we would have world class institutions where research work will be done.”
The association commended the Rector of DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic Itori, Ogun state, Prof Alfred Fatade for the reversal of proposed increment in tuition fee and averting crisis in the school.
“We commend the governor of Ogun in his effort to make quality education affordable for the poor parents of which he demonstrated by rejecting hike in tuition fee for state owned institutions,” the statement noted.