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USE 50TH ANNIVERSARY BUDGET FOR EDUCATION – NANS TELLS FG

By NBF News

President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Imagwe Jude Gabriel, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to consider allocating money proposed for the nation's 50th anniversary to the education sector.

Mr Gabriel, a Microbiology student of University of Benin, disclosed this in a press conference in Kano. He said government's proposal to spend N6.9 billion on the anniversary of the nation is a misplaced priority.

He noted that to make matters worse, Nigeria has really nothing to celebrate given that not much has been achieved by the nation in the last 50 years.

'We don't have quality education, healthcare system is in decay, there is no social security, no power supply and infrastructure is in shamble. So what are we to celebrate that N6.9 billion was budgeted? I believe you can't celebrate misfortune,' he explained.

The NANS president who noted that he was in the state on a familiarization tour added that if the proposed budget is appropriated to the education sector, it will enable schools in the country to construct lecture theatres and set up other facilities that are glaringly absent in the schools.

He urged the president to ensure the implementation of 26 percent budget on education as recommended by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Gabriel also charged the new chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega to ensure credible elections in the country, saying the Nigerian students had confidence in him.

The student leader urged Nigerian students to eschew violence and political thuggery in the 2011 general elections, urging them to avoid being used by members of the politicial class. On the election of substantive Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), the union leader drummed up support for the acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Rasheed saying the professor deserved to be elected the substantive VC because of his leadership qualities.