Oladimeji Uthman, the Deputy Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the southwest, has urged governors in the region to invest more in education to build a society filled with intellectuals and highly-productive youths.
He made the call in a chat with Tribunepoint Weekly in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Uthman said the prioritisation of education in the administration of Southwest governors would enhance productivity and economic growth, stressing the importance of Nigerian students and the youth in nation-building.
According to him, governors of the region need to make education the topmost of their agenda in governance.
He said, “qualitative and quantitative education solves many societal problems, brings prosperity both socially, economically and it also creates a liveable society where progress accelerates.”
The NANS leader remarked that “A country with standard education, both qualitative and quantitative, has all their major problems solved. An educated and liberal society is a progressing society. A good education has a multiplier effect, affecting security, economy, and other facets of life.
“If our government invests massively in education, with infrastructure development in the sector, providing quality research equipment with adequate funding, the government does not need to stress more on economy and security, as things will fall in place as they should be.”
He also urged the states to be youth-inclined in running their administrations, saying most of the progress recorded in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun are traceable to the fact that the youth are liberal.
Alluding to the fact that students form the larger percentage of the youth, Uthman advised that government must continue to pay more attention to the education of the mind of the students.
He called on students leaders in the region to support the call for improvements in the education sector.