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The Federal Government of Nigeria has received knocks from the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), over the poor sum allocated to education in the 2020 budget.

NAPS in a statement issued on Wednesday expressed deep concern that of the total sum of N10.33tn budgeted by the federal government, N48bn (6.9 per cent) was allocated to education describing it as ‘insignificant’.

In the statement signed by the National President of National Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS, Comr. Mohammed Eneji, the group urged the government at all levels to treat education as a priority.

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The statement said, “We charge the Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari to give more priority to education in Nigeria by dancing to UNESCO tone of 26 per cent allocation at all level, it will enhance the proper funding of our educational system and in no time, we would have world class institutions where research work will be done.”

The association also called on other state governors to emulate the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-rufai who enrolled his son in a public primary school within the state.

NAPS also commended the Rector of DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic Itori, Ogun State, Prof Alfred Fatade for the reversal of proposed increment in tuition fee and averting crisis in the school.

“We commend the governor of Ogun in his effort to make quality education affordable for the poor, part of which he demonstrated by rejecting hike in tuition fee for state-owned institutions,” the statement observed.

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