A former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof Jerry Gana, has knocked the Federal Government for not sustaining the Almajiri school system introduced by the former administration, adding that the education sector needed more budgetary allocation.
Gana noted that the rot in basic education across states was worrisome, as primary and secondary “schools are devastated with no windows and no chairs for pupils to sit and learn.”
The former minister spoke on Saturday at the graduation of the Britarch Schools, Lugbe, Abuja, where he was chairman on the occasion.
Gana, who was also a presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, regretted that the inability of the Federal Government to sustain the education policies of the previous administration was not good for the sector.
He said, “It is unfortunate that initiatives that are taken by governments are sometimes not sustained.
“You will recall that the previous administration actually tried to provide schools targeting the Almajiri, for example, and thousands of children were brought into the school system.
“But if you go now, some of these schools are not even looked after. The children are no longer there. You see, programmes that are good should be sustained.
“The budgetary allocations are unfair to education. I must confess that education is very key because when you transform the people, they will transform the environment.
“Therefore, I want to appeal that there must be huge investment in teaching. The teachers must be well trained because we have insufficient teachers especially at the high level. First and foremost, we must, as a country, resolve to invest seriously in education because that is how to transform and build the people.”