Buhari Disregards IPOB Threat, Insists On South-East Visit



Speaking during a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the challenges of education, with the theme: "Education in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects", the President decried a situation where teachers were not different from their students.

The president was actually referring to the height of decay in the nation's education as exposed by recent moves by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai to salvage the education sector of his state by conducting examinations for teachers on elementary subjects which they failed woefully.

Miffed by the development, Buhari challenged the summit to come up with recommendations aimed at refining the state of Nigeria's education, saying doing so is one of the most important plans of his administration. If you did well they will tell you, you did well, if you don't do well they never spared the rod. "We can minimize and in due course eliminate mediocrity in the education sector", the minister said.

In a welcome address, Minister of State for Education, Prof.

He also revealed that current statistics of out of school children stood at 13.2 million up from the 10 million estimated by the United Nations few years back.

He said Nigeria is seriously underfunding education, even when compared to other sub-Saharan African countries, and warned that the federal government would have to spend significantly more, if it would achieve its goals as a change government.

"We can not afford to continue lagging behind". We can not progress beyond the level and standard of our education.

"Today, it is those who acquire the most qualitative education, equipped with requisite skills and training, and empowered with practical know-how that are leading the rest".

He said his government was committed to revitalising the country's education system and making it more responsive and globally competitive.

"Education upgrades the living standard of citizens and enables people to become better and more productive citizens".

Mr. Buhari said all his efforts are justifiable "only to the extent that schooling is effective in promoting the realisation of national objectives, attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Education For All (EFA) by 2030".

"These targets are, happily, in harmony with the manifesto and the CHANGE agenda of our Party, the All Progressive Congress (APC)".

He said Buhari would commission some projects carried out by his administration during the visit, including roads and flyovers.

The Minister also appealed to the President to declare a state of emergency in the education sector to confront all the major challenges headlong.

"Mr. President, to achieve the desired change that education needs, there is the need for improved funding and a measure of political will in national governance".

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