Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has stated that the education sector in Nigeria would witness improvement and provide favourable learning environment if politicians desist from stealing public funds.
The governor stated this Wednesday while receiving executive members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Proprietors of Private Schools at the Conference Hall of Government House, Minna.
According to him, the amount of money being stolen from public coffers by those in authority was enough to fund free education at all levels of education.
“If we steal less, we should be able to give free education to our children at all levels”, Aliyu said.
He added that it was unfortunate that the media is awash with billions of naira being stolen from public funds everyday.
The governor added that, it was time that measures are put in place to tackle theft of public funds which leaves little money for development purposes that will benefit the masses.
According to him, “we should be more committed to the fight against corruption” and declared that with the free education policy of Niger State, the state could attain 95 per cent literacy level in the next five years.
“It is important we pay attention to education. It is nice that private schools are complementing the efforts of public schools, public schools should study why private schools are doing well, whereas schools owned by the government are not doing well”, he stated.