4 December 2012

Nigeria: FG Will Upgrade Education Facilities to World-Class Standard - Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja said that his administration would overhaul the nation's education infrastructure to meet international standard.

Jonathan made this known at the 5th Forum of the Laureates of the Nigerian National Order of Merit.

Represented by Prof. Ita Ewa, the Minister of Science and Technology, Jonathan said the theme "Turnaround of Education for National Transformation" was relevant to the transformation Agenda of the administration.

He said that the Federal Government had embarked on holistic approach toward overhauling the entire education infrastructure in the country.

"This is to meet the global challenge of providing world-class facilities in our education institutions for quality education system in the country," he said.

The president noted that government was determined to provide the youths with quality and functional education that would enhance entrepreneurship in both the public and private sectors of the economy.

According to him, rather than producing graduates that will be solely dependent on government for job placements, schools are being re-engineered to provide students with entrepreneurial skills.

He said that the skills provided would help to increase the socio-economic and political development of the country.

He noted that his administration embarked on programmes to assist the bold and innovative among the youths with funding and technical support to realise their ambitions.

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund), the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) are being mobilised to provide funding for the development of infrastructure and research, he added.

Jonathan stressed the need for bold and quick implementation of ideas, saying it would stimulate quality education and more economic activities.

He noted that the Nigerian National Merit Award Policy Group Report of the committee set up this year and that its activities would soon be inaugurated.

He said that the policy would serve as a Think Tank of the government, saying that if the policy group was inaugurated, unbiased, practical and sustainable ideals would be generated to enrich the transformation of the education sector.

Also speaking, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said that the role of education was significant to mankind.

According to him, effective education will enhance development in the country.

Represented by Dr Henry Akpan, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Anyim said that the forum would help to provide solution that would transform the education system.

He added that quality education and other economic activities would promote development as it was in line with the current national transformation policy of the administration.

"Education is the bedrock of every human development. Education makes a man what he is, without education, man cannot have focus both in the social, economic and political aspect," he said.


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