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Youths Day: Youths advocate 20% budgetary increase for education in Nigeria

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Some Nigerian youths have advocated for 20 per cent budgetary increase for the country’s education sector.

Mr Austine Igweshi, Founder of Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD), made the appeal while speaking at the International Youths Day in Abuja on Thursday.

Igweshi called for collaboration with global foundations to reposition Nigeria’s educational system for and political and security stability.

“Its end result will revolutionise our education system and will bring Nigerian youths out of the streets into conducive classrooms,” he said.

Mr Gideon Olarenwaju, the Founder of International Youths for Education (IYCE), also called for innovations in the country’s education sector for national prosperity.

He advocated for technological leverages aimed at achieving an all inclusive educated population.

According to him, Nigeria has high population of unemployed, uneducated and unskilled persons.

Earlier, Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, a retired permanent secretary, defined education as the basis for human development.

Nwaobiala, who was represented by Dr Kenneth Uwa, said education was the major driver for national development.

He explained that it was time for Nigeria to join the world in improving her standard of education for competitive advantages.

Nwaobiala restated calls for social cohesion, saying it is necessary for harmonious functions of all the sectors of the economy.

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Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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