'Northern Nigeria cannot make progress without heavy investment in education'

Northern states need to jointly make massive education investments if the region hopes to make progress, says Senator Shehu Sani who indicated an "education emergency" that must be tackled quickly.

Northern states need to jointly make massive investments in the education if the region hopes to make progress in the sector, says Senator Shehu Sani

Sani, a senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, said this when he visited Kaduna National Library.

According to him there is an "education emergency" that must be tackled, adding that the Northern region has remained educationally inferior compared to the South of the country.

"What is needed here is how the northern states can come together to tackle this issue of education emergency," Sani said.

"Kaduna State and the North in general cannot make progress without heavy investment in education."

The senator noted that the Boko Haram insurgency and political elites have destroyed the educational system in the North.

"There is low level of enrolment in primary, secondary and post education levels.

"There is also general relative lack of interest in education in the North compared to the South.

"There is low level of investment by northern state governments and previous national government in areas of education in the North,"

Sani called for concerted action to change the perception that Northerners do not want education.

"Due to the insurgency bedeviling the North-eastern part of the country, the image of the North and northern people nationally and internationally is an image of people that are opposed or resistant to western education."

He promised to support the Kaduna National Library in a bid to promote


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