Why Nigerian politicians don’t invest much in education –Israeli expert

AN Israeli researcher, Dr. Joseph Shevel has
attributed the low investment in education by
Nigerian politicians to the fact that the sector
takes a long time to mature, saying it was for
that reason that the country’s politicians
prefer to invest in areas that would assure
them quick returns.
In a keynote address he delivered at the third
international conference organized by the
Faculty of Social Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe
University, Awka, Shevel, who is the President
of Galilee Institute, Israel and a member of
Israeli Prime Minister’s committee on Social
Policy, described education as the future for
any nation because of its ripple effect on all
sectors of human endeavour.
According to him, to be on the right path for
development, a country’s budget for education
must meet the basic international standard in
line with the Dakar Recommendation,
regretting that while the recommendation was
that budget for education must not be less
than 5% of the nation’s Gross Domestic
Product, GDP, Nigeria’s budget for education
has been hovering around 1.5%.
Shevel said the economic crisis facing Nigeria
is an opportunity to go back to the basics,
noting that the country’s problem is an
interim situation that could be overcome with
hard work and determination.
He said there was no reason for Nigeria to be
among the world’s poorest nations going by
the enormous resources she is endowed with
and called on her leaders to realize that the
key to improving the situation was by
engaging in research and collaborating with
renowned research institutes in the world to
share ideas.
He said: “The rivers in Nigeria are enough for
the country to have enough fish and for
export. The land resources are enough to grow
crops that can feed the whole of Africa. What
is required is the will to do what is necessary.”
The Dean of the Faculty, Professor Jude
Ezeokana observed that technology promises
wondrous possibilities and profound
dislocations, adding that there was therefore
the need to interact with other parts of the
world to tap their knowledge.

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