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FG sets up 8-member committee to develop plans to transform education sector

Mr Mamman said that Mr Tinubu’s commitment to retrain 10.5 million Nigerian out-of-school children with valuable skills places education as a top priority.

• September 5, 2023
Tahir Mamman
Tahir Mamman [credit : Biographical legacy and research]

The minister of education, Tahir Mamman, has set up an eight-member committee to drive education roadmap in the country.

Mr Mamman, while inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Tuesday, said the committee had a four-week timeframe to come up with plans that would help transform the sector.

He said there was need to kickstart the national assignment as ministers on a clearly defined path, to craft a turnaround in the fortunes of the country.

While saying that the event marked a pivotal moment in the nation’s pursuit of educational excellence and societal development, he highlighted the urgency of their mission, emphasising the need for clear direction to transform Nigeria’s fortunes.

The minister, who acknowledged the challenging road ahead, noted that Nigerians eagerly anticipate a quick turnaround in all sectors under President Bola Tinubu’s administration, with education as a cornerstone for positive change.

According to Mr Mamman, President Tinubu’s vision for his administration, focused on improving the lives of Nigerians and fostering compassion, underscores the importance of the education sector in addressing societal issues.

“I must confess that your assignment is not going to be an easy one because Nigerians are looking forward to the administration of President Bola Tinubu GCFR to do a quick turn-around in all sectors of the economy.

“Education is the fulcrum to galvanise the needed changes to make Nigeria hold her own in the comity of nations.

“The president has clearly laid out his vision for his administration and it is anchored on improving the lives of Nigerians in a manner that not just reflects our humanity but encourages compassion towards one another and duly rewards our collective efforts to resolve the social ills that seek to divide us,” he said.

Mr Mamman said that Mr Tinubu’s commitment to retrain 10.5 million Nigerian out-of-school children with valuable skills places education as a top priority.

He said there was therefore need for a clear roadmap and framework to guide the ministry’s efforts in achieving these ambitious goals.

The minister urged the committee to embrace technology and steer towards a digital future, emphasising that education should not merely exist for its sake but contribute significantly to individual and societal development.

“As Nigeria looks towards having quality education, it is important that the curriculum, from basic to tertiary level, meets the demands of our times and needs of the society.

“I am happy to note that work had commenced at some levels, especially the secondary and tertiary levels. What we need to know is to what extent can what we already have met contemporary demands of education globally and if not sufficient, how to address them.

“I do expect that issues of Financial Autonomy in tertiary institutions, access and equity, research and innovation as well as the government-industry-academic nexus, would occupy your thoughts.

“In the same vein, the global competitiveness of our educational system should not escape your scrutiny.

“One thing I must not fail to add is that we must have an education system that embraces technology and move into a digital future where our education responds to the demands of the society,” he said.

The committee comprises Nuhu Yakubu as chairman while Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, Prof. Sa’ad Umar, Shulamite Paul, Garba Ibrahim, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, Hajia Hindatu Abdullahi and Joseph Achede are members.


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