The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Friday called on the government at all levels to increase the budgetary allocation to education in order to uplift the sector.
NANS made the call in a communiqué at its last ‘National Students Leadership Conference’ held at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure, Ondo State.
The communiqué was signed by the association’s outgoing Vice President (National Affairs), Mr Gbenga Ayenuro and made available to newsmen.
Ayenuro said in the communiqué that Nigerian youths were the needed arsenal for the socio-economic advancement of the nation.
According to him, youths should be allowed to provide the revolutionary drive and regeneration for national repositioning.
“The Nigerian education sector, especially the tertiary institutions, should not and must not be converted into money making ventures.
“The astronomical increment of education cost is alarming.
“We demand that the National Universities Commission (NUC) fix and regulate the cost and price of education for all academic institutions from primary to tertiary level in the country.
“We appreciate and commend the government at all levels, who have contributed to the sustenance of the educational system in this country.
“We, however, call on the government at all levels to increase budgetary allocation to education in order to uplift the sector,’’ he said.
NANS Vice-President admonished President Muhammadu Buhari as a matter of national importance to implement the National ‘CONFAB’ report as it was tailored towards national integration and cohesion.
Ayenuro noted that students commended and supported President Buhari’s war against corruption, adding that government must ensure that the anti-corruption crusade was not selective in nature.
He, however, condemned the use of security personnel, under the instructions of various governments’ heads, to clamp down, molest, intimidate and arrest Nigerian students protesting peacefully for their rights.
Ayenuro added that the act looked like a return to the draconian rule of the military.
NANS VP frowned at incessant strike in Nigerian higher institutions embarked by lecturers and advised them to embrace dialogue with the government in resolving issues.