Infrastructural decay caused by low budgetary allocation - NAAT
The National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, has stated that the infrastructural decay in the education sector is caused by low budgetary allocation to the sector by both the federal and state governments.
This is contained in a communique signed by the union’s president and general secretary, Comrade Sani Suleiman and Hamilton D. E Iyoyo, respectively, at the end of its 38th National Executive Council, NEC, meeting held in Sokoto.
"Consistently low budgetary allocation had over the years been largely responsible for the decay in infrastructure, inadequate teaching and research facilities, falling standard of education and other uncomplimentary narratives associated with the Education Sector,” the communique read.
"The union therefore urges government at all levels to take proactive steps towards adequate funding of Education. Nigeria should not be struggling to meet up with the UNESCO benchmark of 26% at this point in time.”
The union also described as worrisome development that the contributory pension scheme is not working – for both federal and state government pensioners.
The union however commended the federal government for its policy on increased local production of rice and other agricultural products, saying the policy has enhanced local output of food commodities and increased employment in the agricultural sector.