By Adejumo Kabir
The Students Union, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has challenged the Federal Government of Nigeria on poor funding of education as the country marks 57 year of independence.
The union made this known in a statement signed by the President; Oyekan Ibukun, Public Relations Officer and the Secretary General; Boluwajaiye Adeoluwa to mark the 57th anniversary of the country.
The union said it is most unfortunate to note that after 57 years of independence from the solipsistic British colonial, Nigeria still taste from the bitter plagues of hunger, disease, illiteracy, poor economy, insurgency and terrorism.
“Not to economise the truth, Nigeria is fast losing her relevance in the comity of nation due to a drastic fall in her economic strength; her inability to combat and overcome the protracted Boko Haram insurgency that had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the North Eastern part of the country; lack of foresight and progressive mentality of most Nigerian politicians which are key to attaining economic growth and political advancement.”
The union reiterated that the nation has suffered setbacks in politics, science and technology, commerce, innovation and invention as many youths are toeing a path of social perdition, political doom and economic disaster.
It however demanded proper funding of institution owed by federal government;
“The federal government should invest more energy in charting a new course of development in the country that will encourage massive and effective diversification of Nigerian economy, that government should sincerely combat insecurity in the country, that Federal Government should consider diplomatic means of attending to IPOB agitation”
“Our union can be strong again and our nation will definitely redeem her dented image in the global scene only when we have a unity of purpose and untiring drive”