Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson has called on all tiers of government in the country to declare a state of emergency on education, with a view to achieving sustainable national development.
The governor, who made the call when participants of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Course 37, Kuru, Jos in Plateau State, visited him in Yenagoa, identified lack of political will on the part of successive governments to invest appropriately in the sector, as the bane for true educational advancement in the country.
Governor Dickson, who did not single out any particular administration for blame on the unwholesome development, decried the level of infrastructural setback plaguing most educational institutions, including schools that have produced leaders of the nation at various times.
The governor described human capacity development as the most important resource, arguing that true sustainable prosperity would remain a mirage in Nigeria if governments continue to place high premium on harnessing natural resources at the expense of education.
He noted that though Nigeria is faced with a myriad of problems, including inadequate power supply, the nation would make appreciable progress the moment the much desired attention was paid to human capacity development.
“Quite frankly, there is no more pressing national problem that, we all need to solve the challenge of repositioning the education system, because whether you talk about the challenge of terrorism, militancy and any other situation that have made our country a laughing stock and dislocations within us, you can’t be far from tracing the major cause to the abandonment of education.
“We are of the view that governments over the years appear not to have paid sufficient attention to investing in education, which alone has the capacity to guarantee our future as a people. It is very sad in this country that even educational institutions that have produced presidents and other national leaders have been allowed to deteriorate. I am not holding any particular government or regime responsible but this is what I have found as our collective malaise.”
Earlier, the leader of NIPSS Course 37 team, Major General Johny Hamakim said they were in Bayelsa to identify peculiar problems facing the education sector in the state, in line with a presidential mandate to the institute for the current year.