Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, (ACN/Lagos Central), on Tuesday called on corporate bodies and individuals to assist the Federal Government in the development of education.
Tinubu, who gave the advice on Tuesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, called on corporate organisations and public-spirited Nigerians to partner with various institutions, especially in the areas of funding and provision of amenities.
NAN reports that Tinubu is in the Sen. Uche Chukwumerije-led seven-man Senate Committee on Education, currently vising Lagos where it is undertaking oversight functions of educational institutions the state.
According to Tinubu, there is the need for private organisations to increase the level of their collaboration with educational institutions in the provision of basic facilities and funding that will ensure productive teaching and learning.
She said that some tertiary institutions were in dire need of facilities, including accommodation for their students.
``I think we should encourage the private sectors and individuals to step up efforts in supporting our schools through joint ventures.
``They should look at ways of investing in the schools, in one way or the other, in order to give our schools a better teaching and learning environment.
``They could go into joint ventures with such institutions, through the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) programme because, as we all know, government cannot do it all alone, `` she said.
Tinubu also said that students should be given enough scholarships and loans to enhance their studies.
``I want Nigerians to come up to the stage where they would stop thinking that everything has to be free.
``Education around the world is never free and to retain its value, we should be able to make some sacrifice.