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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the government at all levels to allocate at least 26 percent of the budget to the education sector, as recommended by UNESCO.

According to the student body, this has become necessary to overtake the nation's education sector to achieve sustainable development.

The president of NANS, Danielson Bamidele, called on Monday in the context of a "Save Education Rally" for the International Student Day 2018 in Abuja.

He said the government must show commitment and passion for sustainable development by prioritizing education.

According to Bamidele, the deplorable state of the sector is an indictment of the government and can be judged by a number of indices, which include insufficient funding, insufficient financial allocation, uninterrupted strikes and inadequate curriculum review.

"We are here to tell the government at all levels that enough is enough and that they should finance the education sector with no less than 26 percent, as recommended by UNESCO.

"Not only is it good to explain the state of emergency in the education sector, but proactive steps must be taken to ensure that the education sector is improved.

"We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to review the budget for 2018 and reach no less than 26 percent. 7 percent are unacceptable, it's ridiculous, undermined, evil and shows wrong priorities.

"The government must do all it can to stop corruption and properly finance the education sector.

"If the sector is properly funded, most of the problems we have in the country will be largely solved."

The student body added that one of its resolutions was to fight and cancel the strike between ASSU and COASU.

The association called for the dissolution of the negotiating committee led by Wale Babalake because he had lost confidence in the company.

NANS also called on state institutions that had raised school fees to return to the status quo.

Bamidele also demanded the reinstatement of his politically convicted and expelled members.

Olayemi Success, who represented the previous NANS leadership, said the need to prioritize the sector can not be overstated.

"If you develop all the other sectors, place the entire infrastructure, and do not train the youth today, tomorrow they will mismanage all existing infrastructures.

"Why do you have to build prisons if we have to train people so they can avoid those prisons?

"If you do not finance education enough and plan more money for security, the students are meanwhile idle at home; Do you remember that they say that an idle mind is the workshop of the devil?

Mr. Uche Ekwe, Head of International Relations at the Nigeria Working Congress, said the work would continue to support the student body and ensure that its demands were met.

In response, Mr. Arthur Onyeachu, Director General of the Federal Ministry of Education, representing the Minister of Education, said Alhaji Adamu Adamu told the students that the minister was determined to solve the problem.

"The minister and the leadership of the ASSU are now in session; We try to solve the matter.

"Our goal is to make sure that the matter is resolved and you go back to school. We are not happy, you are here in the sun and not at school, "he said.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the rally is also taking place across the country.

NAN reports that students are posting posters with inscriptions such as "No mortgage on our future" "26 percent UNESCO standard or nothing"; "NANS say no to school fees".

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