By Olasunkanmi Akoni
A chieftain of the Action Congress (AC), Chief Yomi Ogunnusi, has called on the various arms of government and well-meaning Nigerians to give priority attention to adequate funding of education sector in the country.
Ogunnusi who spoke with newsmen after receiving a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awards from the Lagos State government for supporting education in the state said education remained the vehicle of national transformation inÂ human history, adding that investments in education guarantee national development.
According to Ogunnusi, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the relative set backs recorded in the country could be traced to neglect of education sector, saying it is disheartening to see that the present crop of educated Nigerians that are at the helm of affairs still do not see the reason why education should be adequately funded in the country.
â€œI decided to partner with the Lagos State government in this sector because I know education is a fundamental requirement for national transformation. This can be done in restoring the quality and purpose of public education.
â€œThat is the only way we can shape the lives of the future generation of this country and prepare them for the different roles they will play in the development of the country. We cannot allow our educational heritage to go into oblivion,â€ he said.
He commended the Lagos state Governor Babatunde Fashola for the award, noting that educational projects undertaken by the state government were geared towards reorienting the nationâ€™s teeming youths and children towards positive values in the society , saying the initiatives would definitely i take education to the next level in the state.
â€œEvery patriot that mean well for the country must support the government and participate in this noble objective of embarking on massive infrastructural development in our schools. This isÂ what my company has been doing as part of our corporate socialÂ responsibilityâ€, he said.
He called for a quick resolution of the face-off between the academic staff union of the universities (ASUU) and government for the sake of the students who he said are at the receiving end of the strike actions.