By AUSTIN OWOICHO. Abuja
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun over the record breaking 22.9 per cent allocation to education in the 2018 budget proposal.
This was expressed in a statement signed by is President, Professor Ishaq Akintola, made available on Wednesday.
“Compared to the Federal Government’s (FG) paltry 7% which was allocated to education in its 2018 budget, Amosun’s 22.9% is a saving grace.
“Its closeness to the 26% recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) gives every citizen of Ogun State a good reason to stand tall. Amosun is immortalizing the legacy of the great sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“Ogun State’s 2018 education budget is an eye opener for FG. It shows that it is possible to give education its prime of place if a government is determined to lift the sector to its appropriate pedestal. FG must therefore develop the political will to rescue the education sector from the doldrums,” the statement said.
MURIC commended Governor Amosun for the huge step forward in the path of education, describing it as bold, visionary and progressive.
“Governor Amosun’s budget has taken cognizance of the reality facing the education sector. He has realized that education is taking a nose dive and he is taking steps to bring the sector back soaring in the sky once again. The mass failure of candidates who sat for the May/June 2017 WAEC/GCE examination whose result was released yesterday speaks volumes,” the group emphasized.
The group rounded up by charging other states to lift the fate of education in their domains by increasing government spending on the sector.
“Education is like a computer machine. What you put in is what you retrieve. It is garbage in, garbage out. There is no abracadabra in it. What you sow is what you reap.”