The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has expressed dismay over the failure of any Nigerian university to be ranked among the first 500 in the world.
The union described the situation as unfortunate, saying this was not unconnected with the low budgetary allocation to the education sector, which has consistently fallen below the UNESCO benchmark of 26 per cent.
In a communiqué reached at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting and signed by its General Secretary, Comrade Hamilton Iyoyo, NAAT urged both Federal and state governments to give priority to budgetary allocation to the education sector.
According to them, countries across the world were budgeting hugely to improve their technological sector, a positive move of which Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.
Furthermore, the union urged government to honour and implement agreements with reached unions, to forestall unquantifiable losses in man-hours, negative impact on the economy, and other losses occasioned by incessant strike actions.
“NAAT is concerned about the state of Nigerian roads and rail network. The Union urges Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, commence work on the dilapidated rail system in order to take pressure off the roads. At the same time, government should take more pragmatic steps to fix the roads and the adjoining drainages.
“NAAT expresses dismay over the spate of criminality across the country in various forms, such as kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, and insurgency. The union therefore urges government at all levels to intensify efforts geared towards creating a safe society for the citizenry.”
While commending the Federal Government and security agencies for the discovery and seizure of arms illegally imported into the country recently, the Union called on government to sustain the trend by deploying all necessary machinery to check-mate this security threat.
, and also ensure diligent prosecution of the culprits to serve as a deterrent to others.
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