Niger State governor, Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu has said that the country had enough financial resources to fund free education for all its citizens from primary up to university level.
Governor Aliyu said that it could be achieved if all areas of wastages were plugged to ensure that money being diverted into private pockets would be ploughed into the funding of education and other critical sectors.
Aliyu stated this yesterday when officials of the National Association of Northern States Students paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Minna
Aliyu noted that the incidence of diversion of public funds into private pockets by individuals some running into trillions of Naira was worrisome saying such monies could comfortably pay the scholarship of students in schools.
According to him "With proper planning and stoppage of corruption Nigeria can give free education to all its children at all levels of education".
He also said that the federal government had to divest some of its powers to states and local governments adding that the federal government should restrict itself to policy formulation in education and concentrate on defence, security and foreign affairs.
He however called for the review of the revenue allocation formula adding that the federal government should have 38 percent of money accruable to the federation account while states and local governments will share the balance.