The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), has called on the government to declare a state of emergency in the educational sector as a way of raising the standard, quality of teaching and learning in the nation’s institutions of learning.
Those in the West African Examination Council (WAEC), in a 9 point communiqué at the end of their 36th annual National Congress, in Jos, Plateau State, lamented the falling standard of education and the appalling state of schools across the country, blaming it on the low budgetary allocation by the government.
The body lamented that the consequences of low budgetary allocation to the educational sector were being manifested in falling standard of education and the appalling state of our schools across the country.
The Congress-In-Session lamented the alarming rate of examination malpractices in the nation’s schools, calling on the federal, state and other stakeholders to collaborate with WAEC and other examination bodies in fighting examination fraud in our country.
They also called on legislators to enact enabling laws that would be strong enough to check the activities of those who use modern technology to perpetrate examination injustice and fraud in the country.
On the other hand, the group members while appreciating government efforts at addressing the epileptic power supply in the country vehemently opposed the increase in electricity tariff without a corresponding improvement in the power supply.
They argued that the increase had decreased the purchasing power of an average Nigerian and demanded that the government as a matter of urgency reverses the hike in electricity tariff which tends to plunge the average Nigerian in perpetual misery and poverty.
In the communiqué, they also decried the poor state of the Nigerian economy occasioned the dwindling oil prices which the country solely depends on, which has led to persistent calls for the devaluation of the Naira as a panacea to the economy.
The Congress-in-Session in the communique strongly opposed and rejected the call for further devaluation of the Naira, as it has never in the past solved our economic woes, making reference to the negative effect of Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) of the Ibrahim Babangida led Military regime and subsequent devaluation of the Naira by successive governments.
Instead, they advised the Federal government to put policies in place to diversify the economy and improve the infrastructural development that will strengthen the economy.