Anyaoku wants FG to invest more in education


A former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has called on the Federal Government to increase its budgetary allocation to the education sector to bring the country to be on the same pedestal with other nations.
At the 6th Annual Memorial Lecture Saturday in honour of late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, a former governor of Ondo State, held at the Civic Cenre, Victoria Island in Lagos, Anyaoku said that it was regrettable
that the current budgetary allocation to the education sector was below the standard set by UNESCO.
He advised that informal education should be encouraged and embraced since they were tools for nation building.
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat called for the prioritization of education to attract increased budgetary allocations, while noting that Lagos State was moving toward achieving the goal of feeding all its pupils.
According to him, that Nigerians should embrace agriculture, because “agriculture is a major tool in developing any nation’s economy.
“Lagos State has acquired 3,000 hectares of land in Osun State for the purpose of agriculture. We have also signed an agreement for the purchase of farm lands in Ogun State.
“We are going to be producing 36 tons of rice daily; therefore, with time, Lagos will produce enough rice to feed the nation.”
Hamzat said that because of the increase in the production of rice and due to the stoppage of rice importation into Nigeria, some companies in China and Singapore had to be shut down.
He called on other state governments to emulate Lagos so that the expenditure on imported commodities would drop.


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