Following the declaration of June 12 as democracy day, the National Association of Nigerian Students has congratulated Nigerians and also called on government at all levels to work towards the development of Nigeria.
The National President of NANS, Danielson Akpan, stated this in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Wednesday.
Akpan noted that infrastructural development, institutional strengthening, human and capacity building, healthcare, security and most importantly education should be the focus of the government to achieve a democratically stable nation.
He called on the Federal Government to make available more funds for the advancement of the education sector.
In his statement, he called on all leaders who are beneficiaries of the long struggle for democratic governance to see it as service to the people, not for self.
“The Federal and state governments should be committed to development in all facets; infrastructural development, institutional strengthening, human and capacity building, healthcare, security and most importantly education.”
“In this new dispensation, more funds should be committed to education. Not less than 15 per cent should be captured for education in all budgetary allocations.”
“This is the best that can be given to Nigerians and project for a future our founding fathers planned for Nigeria.”
He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and legislators that have been placed in power with responsibilities of leading the country.
He charged them to uphold integrity and transparency across all divides.
The National Public Relations Officer of the association, Adeyemi Azeez, called on the President to declare MKO Abiola as a former President of Nigeria.
He also challenged President Buhari to pay the rights in cash, asset and honour to the MKO family, he added that this will bring joy and satisfaction to the family.
“NANS describes this declaration as a great honour to Nigerians and the fallen heroes who had paid the maximum sacrifice in sustaining the country’s hard-earned democracy.”
“NANS hereby calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola as a former president of Nigeria, thereby pay all rights in cash, asset and honour to M.K.O’s family.”
Azeez called on governors of states to emulate their counterpart in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun as he frowned at the state of education in the country.
He said this should be done by the governors declaring a state of emergency on education in there states respectively.
He called on service chiefs to work on ending insecurity in the country for business and development to thrive smoothly.