Former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has called for an increase in budgetary allocation to the education sector.
According to him, such action by the federal government would make the country to be on the same pedestal with other nations.
Anyaoku made the call at the 6th Annual Memorial Lecture held in honour of late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, a former governor of Ondo State, which held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island in Lagos.
He regretted that the current budgetary allocation to the education sector was below the standard set by UNESCO and advised that informal education should be encouraged and embraced since they were tools for nation building.
The Lagos State Deputy Gov. Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, in his speech at the event called for the prioritisation of education to attract increased budgetary allocations.
He disclosed that Lagos state was moving toward achieving the goal of feeding all its pupils.
Hamzat also said that Nigerians should embrace agriculture, adding that “agriculture is a major tool in developing any nation’s economy.
“Lagos State has acquired 3,000 hectares of land in Osun for the purpose of agriculture. We have also signed an agreement for the purchase of farm lands in Ogun.
“We are going to be producing 36 tons of rice daily; therefore , with time Lagos will produce enough rice to feed the nation,” he said.
Hamzat said that because of the increase in the production of rice and due to the stoppage of rice importation into Nigeria, some companies in China and Singapore had to be shut down.
He called on other state governments to emulate Lagos so that the expenditure on imported commodities would drop.