Educationist urges Buhari to provide infrastructure for private schools

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

A university don, Dr. Davidson Alaci from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, Benue State University has challenged the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari to raise the bar in the education sector by supporting the private investors with infrastructure like roads and the provision if electricity to help reduce cost of running their schools.

The lecturer, who spoke at the prize and speech-giving day of Confluence International Academy, Gadumo, Lokoja said private schools gained prominence because Governments failed to redeem the decline in its own schools.

“It is very simple, because of the incursion of the private sector into the education Government has abandoned it’s own role as the chief motivator and the owner of the political will.

“They first abandoned their own institution and then the private sector to handle it which ever way they like.”
He said however, that government could still redeem its image by sitting up and identifying the genuine investors in education and giving them support.
He said the support should be in the form of adequate facilities and infrastructure that will reduce the cost of running the school.

According to him, “If there is regular power supply they don’t need to run the plants which will save some costs. Look at the road leading to this school it is in very bad shape but if Government should put that road in its proper shape it will improve on their services and so many other things like that that government can do that may not necessary mean giving money directly to the investors but that will also defray the cost of running the schools.”

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