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The National President, Science Association of Nigeria (SAN) , Professor Moji Bakare- Odunola has appealed to members of the National Assembly to appropriate more funds to education sector so as to boost the development of science and research in the nation’s universities.
Odunola who made this appeal, recently, on the sideline of the postponement of the annual national conference of the association, scheduled to take place at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state, said, “no amount of funds committed to education development is a wasteful expenses in view of its positive results that it will bring to the teeming populace.â€
She stressed the need for the members of the National Assembly to increase the funds being allocated to education in view of its importance to the socio economic development of the country, adding that the move would also make scientists and researchers embark on necessary changes that will accelerate the technological development of the country.
According to her, â€œthe importance of education in the socio well being of the society is a great goal that all levels of government should attain to achieve so as to reduce poverty among the teaming populace. No nation can move ahead when the education is neglected because it remains a pivotal platform to advance the course of people in the society.”
Professor Bakare- Odunola said the association has been working round the clock in the country to educate the students willing to offer science subjects in secondary schools, adding that the enlightenment has changed the negative mindâ€Ž set of students to pursuing science-related courses in the tertiary institutions, especially the technological based.
On the forthcoming annual national conference of the association, the National President of SAN disclosed that the conference which was scheduled to hold at OOU, between April 24 and 28 has been postponed until further notice.
She said the reason for the postponement is for SAN to make adequate arrangements towards ensuring that this year’s edition is the nest in its annals.
While appealing to the participants from various parts of the country and beyond to bear with the association, Professor Bakare-Odunola, said the association would work harder to make the postponement a â€Ž blessing in disguise.