Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has yesterday accused state governments of contributing towards decay in education saying that state governors constitute the “greatest threat to education.
Atiku who made the position while speaking at a public hearing on the bills establishing Modibo Adama University Yola, Adamawa and the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua, Katsina State at the National Assembly complex in Abuja said resources allocated to the sector are usually diverted thereby stymying development of the sector.
“There is a threat in the sense that monies being given to states to develop education are being diverted.
“There is need for you (Senate) to enact a law in such a way that a particular state that refuses to deploy the funds earmarked for education is penalised.
“I feel moved by the plight of our teeming youths denied admission over the years by our inability to convert Adamawa University to a multi-disciplinary institution.
“Nigeria’s population has quadrupled by 2016, as it will be the third-largest population by 2050. We must then invest in education.
“Our population is putting immense pressure on public service and funds. We must then invest in education,” he said.