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Tinubu pledges to increase budget for education

The president declared that poverty should not be a barrier to education, emphasizing the transformative power of education in combating poverty.
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President Bola Tinubu has pledged his administration’s readiness to commit more resources to the education sector to ensure that every Nigerian child, regardless of their background, has access to quality education.

Speaking on Tuesday in his office at the State House, Abuja when he played host to the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the President declared that poverty should not be a barrier to education, emphasizing the transformative power of education in combating poverty.

According to him: “If we all believe that education is the greatest weapon against poverty then we have to invest in it.

”Poverty should not prevent anybody, any child, including the daughter or son of a wood seller, ‘Bole’ (plantain) seller or yam seller from attaining their highest standard of education, to eliminate poverty.

”If you eliminate poverty from one family, you can carry the rest of the weight. ”

President Tinubu, who promised to consider the requests of the NANS leaders, urged the students’ body to ensure unity among its members across the country to achieve more.

”You have to promote unity and stability among each other. You have to employ democratic means in your programmes and elections. I have to say anyone who is unable to accept and celebrate a free and fair election, does not deserve the joy of victory,” he admonished.l the students.

The President expressed his appreciation for the students’ support of the removal of subsidy on petrol, explaining the reasons behind the decision and the need to curb smuggling.

His words: ”I’m glad you understand the reason for the subsidy removal. We were at a point where Nigeria tried to draw water from a dry well and that is no longer acceptable and we equally must not continue to service the smugglers because they used to take our tankers and Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) across the borders. We will put our money where our mouth is”.

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