Sunday, 15 December 2019

Akak advocates for increase in budgetary provision for education in Nigeria

Engr. Akak speaking in a CAN even recently in Calabar 

Ukorebi Esien 

"If you are not educated, you are deformed, Nigerians need to be educated... Therefore, any responsible Government needs to take education serious by improving on budgetary provisions for education". 

These were the words of Engineer Ben Akak, a petrochemical engineer and president of Ben Akak Foundation while fielding questions from newsmen in Calabar immediately after a wonderful stage performance by students of Surefoot International schools. 

Engineer Akak who argued that the educational standard in the country has fallen almost beyond any hope of remedy observed that our budgetary provisions for education is paltry. Stating that this is the lowest the country had ever gone educationally, even as he wondered what level of advancements Nigeria will achieve without quality education. He therefore, called for a total overhaul of the educational system especially the current curriculum with which Nigeria students are trained. He added that collaboration and partnership between the private and public sectors will make a difference in Nigeria's educational standard. 

Engr. Akak in a tete-a-tete with Pastor John Etim Bassey at the close of the event 

"I mean our education is falling not just below standard but, far, far deep down. If you look at what is happening in our system... what is our budgetary provision for education? It's the lowest. Which country moves forward without education? China, Indonesia, everywhere. It's education. And if we miss it at this point when do we get it back?". He queried. 

Engineer Akak who noted that the solution to our educational backwardness is a collective responsibility of both government and the private sector, called for a synergy and collaboration as well as increase in budgetary provisions by government. 

"So, my message to our people is that we need to invest more in education. Because a man that is not educated is deformed. If you're deformed you're not informed and the gap between you and the other will be so wide that you can't keep the pace. I think we need to do more both as private citizen and as government in Cross River. 

Furthermore, Akak said "I think it has to do with cooperation and partnership. Everybody must acknowledge that we are deep down there. That is the only way we can put ourselves back. I think we must be able to synergies ourselves, put our resources together and then channel it effectively. It's not just a government thing. 

"In fact, I think we need to review our curriculum. We really need to review everything about the educational sector in Nigeria. It is at that review that we incorporate the modern things and move forward". He noted.

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