The National Executive Committee of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), on the occasion of this year’s International Youth Day (IYD), has called on the Federal Government to declare state of emergency on education.
The Council also asked the federal government to step up security measures in order to nip in the bud the current security challenges bedeviling the nation. International Youth Day is 12th August of every year, set aside as an awareness day by the United Nations to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
The NYCN, in a statement by its President, Ambassador Sukubo Sara today said that this year’s theme, “Transforming Education”, emphasized the significance of prioritizing education across the globe.
It said that in spite of global consciousness of the significance of education as a passport to the future, statistics still show that about 10.5 million children are out of school. The group also disclosed that 2019 budget accommodates less than 8% for education against the advocate of UNESCO 26%, proving the low prioritization of education in Nigeria.
The council added that the state of education in Nigeria is worrisome, ranging from infrastructure to curriculum, security to welfare, accessibility to affordability and bridging the gap between the industry and institutions.
The group also expressed worry over the safety of the Nigerian youths and urged the President Muhammadu Bubari-led administration to be proactive in tackling these challenges.