By Charles Nwaoguji
The Chairman of ACCERS – Accounting Education and Research Services, Mrs. Morenike Babington-Ashaye has identified poor funding, lack of policy implementation and lack of infrastructure as major threats to achieving functional education in Nigeria.
Mrs Ashaye, who stated this at the UPG2019 Towards A Greater Lagos Community Conversation organized by United People Global and ACCERS with the support of of Lagos Education District III, held recently in Lagos, said these challenges in the education sector had affected all sectors of the economy and have prevented Nigerians from competing with their peers around the world.
She said , “Poor funding, and lack of infrastructure in the Nigeria’s education sector cause setback for its inherent ability to compete. Adequate funding and proper policy implementation is inevitable if Nigeria must compete globally with her peers in the education sector. Government must use tax payers’ money judiciously to achieve this with adequate allocation and release of fund.
She said that Government should continue to find the best ways in funding education as this is the bedrock of any economy.
Babington-Ashaye, who is also the Advisory Board Member of United People Global explained that education sector in the country need good facilities to inject the best skills that would enable its citizens have relevant skills and compete globally.
“I crave the indulgence of the Nigerian government to properly fund the education sector. Because education is the hope of children, and the children are the future of tomorrow and a better Nigeria. “Education for all is the responsibility of all”. As government play their own part by taking radical measures that will bring sound and quality education for all and sundry, parents, guardians and teachers are expected to play their parts,” she said.
Commenting on the project, “UPG2019 Towards A Greater Lagos” she said the aims of the project is for the citizens to respond to the Executive priorities for Lagos State as initiated by Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, and as well for the citizens to lead and take responsibility for the actions needed.
She further explained that the agenda is built on 6 pillars, 6 executive priorities for Lagos State, these includes; health and environment, education, transportation, making Lagos a 21st century economy, entertainment, sports and tourism and security and governance.
She said that the new administration in Lagos, is committed to running an inclusive government by carrying the people along. The questions the Governor is seeking answers to are (1) where should Lagos State be? and (2) what can we individually and collectively do to get Lagos there?
“Besides dependence on government, parents, corporate organizations and wealthy individuals must aid the education sector for it to develop and grow ” she stated.
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer of W-Holistic Business Solutions, Mrs. Olanrewaju Oniyitan said that the government should be committed to adequate funding of education through appropriate budgetary allocation for the sustenance of education in the country.
She stated that government should consider an upward review of the education budget to meet up with the 26% allocation recommended by UNESCO.
“The private sector and other stakeholders should co-operate with the government by supporting the education system through financial and material
assistance. This should serve as part of their individual and corporate social responsibility so that the education sector can contribute to the provision of quality manpower for the economy,” she said.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Adeyemi Adebayo who is a Director with the Lagos State Education District III said the poor performance of the education sector in Nigeria has become very worrisome.
He stated that the findings show that poor funding, lack of political will, lack of continuity of programs, and corruption are some major challenges facing the Nigeria education sector.
The situation, he said has hindered national development and, until urgent action is taken to review Nigeria’s education system, its national aspirations will continue to be compromised.
“ The Constitution must be clear on the provision of qualitative education. This will direct government policies and ensure efficient implementation. There is a need for the Constitution to be specific on the education entitlement of citizens for pre-primary, primary, secondary, tertiary and vocation,” he added.