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Balewa’s son canvasses part-time political offices

Balewa’s son canvasses part-time political offices

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 Dr Abdul-Jelili Tafawa Balewa, the son of Sir Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, has said Nigeria should experiment with part-time political leaders and work out a reduction of their remuneration, ahead of the 2019 elections.

Balewa, who noted that political office holders must have “other things doing”, said the Federal Government must encourage entrepreneurship and invest in quality education, so that politics would not become a get-rich-quick venture.

The ex-Prime Minister’s son spoke on Saturday in Abuja at the 25th Anniversary and graduation of Olumawu School in Wuse, Abuja.

He urged the government to also revamp the education sector through curriculum and infrastructure development.

Balewa said, “I don’t think we have the right politics in Nigeria where politicians are full-time.

“If we can have part-time politicians and they have some other things they are doing, it will be good for Nigeria. But a lot of people will not like this idea.

“I think we have the wrong type of politicians. We need people that just want to serve. They must be compensated but not the kind of remuneration they get in Nigeria.

“The current practise is ridiculous. That is why more people are moving into politics. They do not want to study.

“Education has really gone down in Nigeria. We need to get it back on its feet. If we don’t, we will not have the right kind of people to lead Nigeria in the right direction to the next century.

“Our curriculum also must be geared towards what we need for development. I am glad that Latin has been removed and History brought back into the curriculum.”

One of the school’s directors, Mr. Ola Garuba, said an emergency should be declared in the education sector to address the decadence.

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