President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that a poor standard of education is contributing to the worsening insecurity in the country.
Lawan stated this at the eighth matriculation of post-graduate students of National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILDS)/University of Benin for the 2020/2021 academic session, on Monday in Abuja.
Lawan, who was represented by Sen. Degi Biobarakuma (APC-Bayelsa), listed some of the consequences of the problems facing education sector to include: insecurity, rising criminality, anti-social behaviour and high number of unemployable youths.
“You are well aware of some of the challenges and deficits in this sector, including limited funding, lack of infrastructure and teaching aids, poorly-trained personnel and low level of commitment, among several others.
“These have adversely affected the productivity and output of our schools and centres of learning at all levels,’’ he said.
Lawan added that the National Assembly had amended the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act to ensure that the two per cent budgetary allocation to UBEC was increased to three per cent.
“However, lots more still remain to be done in order to ensure that all stakeholders at the state and federal levels do their part to strengthen the sector,’’ he said.