Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.
The lawmaker made this known in a video he posted on Twitter.
He said failure to do so would put Nigeria at risk of a backward slide into the ranks of the least educated countries in the world.
Murray-Bruce identified 10 countries described by the World Economic Forum as the most educated.
The countries are Finland, New Zealand, Australia, United States of America, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Singapore, as also the most peaceful and stable nations in the world; while the most uneducated countries, listed by the same body as Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Guinea, Benin Republic, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Senegal, were not surprisingly ranked among some of the most unstable in the world.
Murray-Bruce said: ”The time has come for us Nigerians to realise that a large population may not automatically be an asset. However, a well-educated large population would most likely turn out to be an asset. But, if a population is largely illiterate, then it is a liability.
”Unfortunately, Nigeria does not have enough skilled manpower. This is a time-bomb going into the next decade. It is not a coincidence that the most uneducated and deprived places are also the most violence-prone and epicentre of terror. Terror and violence grows where education is low.
”The only way to do that is by investing massively in education. For this reason, I am, therefore, calling on Mr. President to immediately declare a state of emergency in the education sector.”
I am calling on President Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the educational sector. pic.twitter.com/KMVeEJRpxE
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) September 24, 2017