The nexus between education and national development cannot be overemphasized. It has been established by different organizations and research institutions and therefore remains a front burner in elections discourse in Nigeria in the last few decades.

Over the years, there is no ample government investment in terms of infrastructure to cater for the teeming population of Nigerians. Though a standard of 26% budget share is recommended by the UN, Nigeria continue to toggle within ranges below 10%. The implication is that we now have over 10 million out-of-school children who can easily plunge into vices, compound national security issues, find it difficult to attain their dreams and may grapple with 21th century skill acquisition tools.

  2016 2017 2018
Budget share (%) 6.10 7.38 7.03

Beyond the need for increased education budget share, it is imperative to increase the efficiency of the system to dispense knowledge. In our town hall meetings, we have talked about retraining and investing in the human capital. Recent events show that silence makes us all complicity.

Today makes it the 62nd day  that AASU is on strike, an issue as attained a disturbing perennial stance. Omoyole Sowore, our presidential candidate has repeatedly emphasized that we must educate all our children. Also education is one of our 10 agenda points and it has a robust definition that  includes vocational education and incorporation Almajirai institutions with mainstream education system.

Our Government’s education sector programs will address the following:

  1. Aim for the enrollment for all children at the primary and secondary school level.
  2. Integrate Almajirai institutions into the mainstream educational system
  3. Assure sufficient and adequate funding for schools.
  4. Restore high standard in the educational system through the strict enforcement of inspectorate oversight and national performance benchmarks for students and teaching staff.
  5. Invest in research and development and utilize universities and other tertiary institutions for driving economic growth through innovation
  6. Restore vocational training and structural institutions to provide required technical skills for a growing economy as well as to offer a viable alternative career path for our youth and children