Mr Setonji David, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Badagry Constituency II at the Assembly has urged the Federal Government to change the habit of paying lip service to the education sector.
David made this assertion after the Industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over poor funding of universities.
It would be recalled that the union had on Sunday declared a nationwide strike during its national executive meeting held in Akure.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, David said the government must provide more funding for education and investment in the sector to accelerate national development.
In his words; “Education is one of the basic requirements of any community, state or country. When you pay lip service to education, you are stifling development.
“About 20 years ago, you see people from other countries coming to our universities to study, but you don’t see that again.
“They used to come to a place like the University of Ibadan, University of Lagos and others to study, but that is no longer there.
“So, we need to do something if we are really serious about developing this country. When we pay lip service to education, then we are finished. We need to change our attitude to the education sector.
“If you don’t take education seriously, what then do you take serious? So, I will support the declaration of a state of emergency in our education sector,” David added.
David, however, urged the Federal Government to urgently attend to its Memorandum of Understanding with the university teachers so as not to allow the strike to fester.
He also called for massive infrastructure development across Nigerian Universities to enhance qualitative education.