Education needs more Funding for National development – ACAOSA President
By Our Reporter
Following various challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria,Comrade Stephen Adedipe, the new President, Aquinas college Akure Old Student Association, ACAOSA 83/88-89 set, has called on the Federal and state governments to show more commitment and sincerity towards increasing annual budgetary allocation of the sector to for national and economic development.
Comrade Adedipe gave the charge in an interview with newsmen in Akure, the state capital shortly after he was sworn in as the President of Aquinas college Akure Old Student Association (ACAOSA 83/88-89 set) at the weekend.
According to him, Nigeria is being faced with many problems because education which is the bedrock of economic development of a country had not been taken care of by successive leaders in Nigeria.
Comrade Adedipe pointed out that until education was adequately funded to address dilapidating infrastructural facilities, motivation and periodic training of teachers to achieve quality assurance in the sector, Nigeria will continue to produce graduates that will not be able to compete favourably with their peers across the globe.
He advised government to appoint retired educationists as education supervisory officers who would be paying unscheduled periodic visits to schools to assess their performances and level of discipline like it used to be in the past.
While noting that government alone could no longer adequately run schools due to the current dwindling economy, Adedipe urged old student associations across the country to support the growth and development of their Alma mater.
He pleaded with the members of the association to throw their weight behind his administration.
The President pledged to do everything possible within his power to achieve the goals and objectives of the association without fear or favour.
Earlier while administering the oath of office, Justice Temitope Adedipe advised the new executives not to regard the oath as mere pledge as it had some vital consequences if violated.
Adedipe said that coordinators of each Axis should be members and assigned leadership roles in the national body, for each member of ACAOSA worldwide to have a sense of belonging to the national body.
In his speech, the Home Branch Chairman, Chief Anthony Osho disclosed that ACA emerged as the second best college in Nigeria last week in Abuja due to its excellent academic and sporting performances.
He charged the newly inaugurated executives to discharge their duties diligently in the best interest of the association.
Delivering his remark via zoom, the outgone president, Dr. Demola Akinsorotan appreciated the peace his administration restored to the association.
He said without the peace among members, his administration could not have recorded massive achievements which he listed to include giving of scholarship to 12 students of the college picked based on their academic performances.
Other members of the new executive are: Vice President, Dele Adeboyejo; General Secretary, Seun Fesobi; Treasurer, Musa Samuel; Finacial Secretary, Tayo Oguntuase; PRO, Olatuyi Olajide; Assistant Secretary, Adigun Baya and Chief Whip, Wale Omoseebi.