As Nigerian children celebration the 2019 children’s Day, the National President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Danielson Akpan, has called on the government to ensure children enjoys free and compulsory education.
Akpan in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday said Nigerian children have excelled despite numerous challenges.
He also called on the federal, state and local governments to increase funding for education especially the basic education where we have the record of having the highest number of out of school children.
“Basic education is the foundation upon which any education structure is built and can determine greatly the future of its people.
“Nigerian children have excelled despite numerous challenges, one prominent in recent times is Tanitoluwa Adewunmi, an eight year old Nigerian made international headlines when he emerged Chess champion.
“He is the story of the excellent spirit of the Nigerian child.”
Akpan further urged the government to restructure and reposition the Universal Basic Education Scheme to meet the present challenges and realities as a nation.
“John Whitehead, a human rights activist and civil liberties advocate said “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see”.
“Unfortunately many of our leaders today represent that message sent by Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Former Premier of the western region who invested in his time a whooping N4.8bn in education.
“That amount today runs into trillions of Naira and about 30 per cent of the total budget as at then.
“We are committed to playing our role as a pressure group to push for good governance at all levels and as an association, to protect the interest of our members in Nigeria and across the globe.”