Government at all levels have been charged to increase the annual budgetary allocation to education in order to improve the standard of education in the country.
Comrade Stephen Adedipe gave the charge in an interview with newsmen shortly after he was inaugurated as the new President of Aquinas college Akure Ols Student Association (ACAOSA 83/88-89 set) in Akure at the weekend.
According to him, education is the tripod on which the development of all other sectors of any economy stands.
Comrade Adedipe noted that until education was adequately funded to address dilapidating infrastructural facilities, motivation and periodic training of teachers to achieve quality assurance in the sector Nigeria will continue to produce graduates that will not be able to compete favourably with their peers across the globe.
He enjoined government to appoint retired educationists as education supervisory officers who would be paying unscheduled periodic visits to schools to assess their performances and level of discipline like it used to be in the past.
While noting that government alone could no longer adequately run schools due to the current dwindling economy, Adedipe urged old student associations across the country to support the growth and development of their Alma mater.
He pleaded with the members of the association to throw their weight behind his administration.
The President pledged to do everything possible within his power to achieve the goals and objectives of the association without fear or favour.
Earlier while administering the oath of office, Justice Temitope Adedipe advised the new executives not to regard the oath as mere pledge as it had some vital consequences if violated.
For each member of ACAOSA world-wide to have a sense of belonging to the national body, Adedipe said that coordinators of each Axis should be members and assigned leadership roles in the national body.
Earlier in his speech, the Home Branch Chairman, Chief Anthony Osho disclosed that ACA emerged as the second best college in Nigeria last week in Abuja due to its excellent academic and sporting performances.
He charged the newly inaugurated executives to discharge their duties diligently in the best interest of the association.
Delivering his remark via zoom, the outgone president, Dr. Demola Akinsorotan appreciated the peace his administration restored to the association.
Without the peace among members he said, his administration could not have recorded massive achievements which he listed to include giving of scholarship to 12 students of the college picked based on their academic performances.
Other members of the new executive are: Vice President, Dele Adeboyejo; General Secretary, Seun Fesobi; Treasurer, Musa Samuel; Finacial Secretary, Tayo Oguntuase; PRO, Olatuyi Olajide; Assistant Secretary, Adigun Baya and Chief Whip, Wale Omoseebi.