Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 January 2013

Nigeria: Why FG Cannot Educate All Nigerians - VP

Zaria — Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo yesterday said government alone cannot ensure education for all Nigerians because the sector is capital intensive.

Sambo made this known in Zaria at the 20th Anniversary and Annual General Meeting of the Zaria Education Development Association (ZEDA), which took place at the Kongo Conference Hotel, Zaria.

The Vice President, who was represented by Kaduna State Governor Muktar Ramalan Yero, said for Nigeria to record meaningful progress in the education sector, all hands must be on deck.

"Education is capital intensive and requires collective efforts. Therefore, education for all requires support from all. It is worthy of commendation that Kaduna State Government had indicated readiness to ensure close monitoring and supervision of schools and institutions.

"The state is the first in Nigeria to establish Quality Assurance Board. Essentially, the board was established to ensure enhanced service delivery in line with best practice," VP Sambo said.

The chairman of the occasion and former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon urged ZEDA to continue to work with elders of Zaria for the association to consolidate its gains of the last 20 years.

Presenting a keynote address, Dr Yahaya Aliyu, former Nigerian Ambassador to UNESCO, advised ZEDA to adopt an alternative means of generating funds apart from donations in order to establish a solid foundation that would cater for the educational needs of more youths of Zaria and beyond.

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