Education is a basic necessity for any and every African country. There is a quintessential need to boost up the department because the core beneficiaries are the growing generation who will one day become leaders. In investing in the education of the young people, we are directly empowering an entire nation/continent. Just like every other President who has embraced this fact, Nigerian President Buhari has declared that from now on in Nigeria, University education is free for Science, Education & Technology Students; Buhari declared this in the 2016 budget.
Despite the recent drama surrounding the 2016 budget in Nigeria, the budget indeed contains propositions with incredible prospects. Summarily the budget addresses the security, development, transparency, economy and education matters- making prospective workable plans to tackle them; but the most appealing part of the budget is the emphasis laid in the education department.
To start with, 369.6 billion naira was allotted to education matters in Nigeria; to cover a gradual but soon to be endorsed plan for public primary school feeding, and according to Premium Times‘ National Assembly correspondent,
“500,000 unemployed graduates and NCE holders would be trained and deployed in partnership with state and local governments. He said, “These graduate teachers will be deployed to primary schools, thereby, enhancing the provision of basic education especially in primary in our rural areas.” A similar approach was implemented under late Umar Yar’Adua through Federal Teachers Scheme, FTS”
And then, most strikingly is the granting of free education for students who offer courses in science & technology; and education. Being specific about these 3 fields says a lot about the way the nation wants to go presently and for posterity sake.
The world is becoming more homogeneous under the lenses of technology; and Africa as a whole is trying to fit into the digital world as we currently enjoy an increase in foreign investments. Buhari’s interest and declaration favoring not just education but also the promotion of science and technology in universities is indeed a big step in taking Nigeria and Africa alike up the enlightenment ladder.
This has a potential of making Nigeria a much more manufacturing nation than it is already, why? he just made education super available and affordable to a great number of people who could be talented in this field but have no means of obtaining the necessary education to buttress their God-given talents. All things being equal, imagine what will happen if these tons of students make the best out of these golden opportunity?
If Nigeria successfully implements the plans like they have it in the current budget, it will be explosive for the economy and more immediate, is the living conditions of a whole lot of people.