— Charges NANS Deputy Coordinator on National Interest
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Akwa Ibom State axis hereby expresses gratitude to Dr. Ubong King for changing the ideology of Nigerian students in Akwa Ibom State in particular and Nigeria in general. Our “thank you” is for your undiluted support to the association, for changing the face of unionism in Akwa Ibom State, and for building capacity in the student community.
Nigerian student leaders in Akwa Ibom State where hitherto known for running from Pillar to post begging for transportation fares, and in most cases, student leaders in Akwa Ibom State where packed in buses like sardine (fishes), but now the story is different. Thank you for not just giving us fish, but showing us how to fish. God bless Dr. Ubong King!
Also, we say a big Congratulations to the leader of Akwa Ibom State Students – the NANS Zone B Deputy Coordinator – Comr. Akwaowo Clifford, for flying the flag of Nigeria as he represents NANS Zone B South-South/South-East at the First African Youth Mainstreaming Roundtable on the Implementation of the African Union Protocol on AU Agenda 2063 Architecture and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) Agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We are proud of you!
NANS Aks awaits your return, as the entire student community under my watch will be happy to receive you, upon your return to the state.
It is instructive to note that in line with the AU agenda 2063 for Education, the Federal Government of Nigeria is supposed to allocate 26% of its budget to education in Nigeria, as the UNESCO minimum budgetary allocation for education. It is rather unfortunate that the Federal Government of Nigeria has failed to meet this budgetary allocation. In 2016 it was 6.10% that was allocated, in 2017 it was 7.38% and in 2018 it is 7.03%, which is far below the UNESCO standard allocation for Education being 26%. Hence, the question, is Education progressing in Nigeria or on a free fall?
With this analysis, the Education sector in Nigeria is underfunded and must be looked upon.
NANS Akwa Ibom State hereby appeals to the NANS Zone B Deputy Coordinator, Comr. Akwaowo Clifford to urge the National Assembly to kindly allocate the 26% Unesco Minimum benchmark budgetary allocation for Education in the 2019 budget. Which is line with AU agenda 2063.
Once again, kudos to Dr. Ubong King for his undiluted support for education and the Nigerian students’ community, and congratulations to our capacity student leader, Comr. Akwaowo Clifford as he represents us in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Yours in the struggle,
Comr. Ekanem Utibe Jnr.
Chairman NANS Aks