22 January 2016

Nigeria: Afe Babalola to Chair Delta State Education Summit

Asaba — Determined to improve the standard of education, Delta State is organizing a two-day education summit.

Erudite lawyer and President of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Chief Afe Babalola will be the Chairman of the Summit with the theme 'Leapfrogging Education in Delta State'

Critical stakeholders in the education industry including parents, educationists, lawmakers, industrialists, labour unions, community leaders among others are expected as participants.

A renowned educationist, Prof. Pai Obanya will be the keynote speaker, adding that a former executive secretary of the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola will also be one of the speakers at the summit.

Chairman, Planning Committee, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare who disclosed yesterday in Asaba, said the educational antecedents of Chief Babalola remained sources of inspiration to the younger generation, hence his choice as chairman.

He said the summit will afford the stakeholders an opportunity "to review and proffer solutions to the numerous challenges in the education sector in line with current global practices, which will then form the roadmap for the execution of education in our institutions" in the state.

"Other speakers include Prof. (Mrs.) Cecilia Okobia, Prof. John Enaowho and Dr. Tony Urhobo. Other resources persons have been drawn from the academia, educational institutions, Parents/Teachers Associations, and sundry stakeholders," he added.

Muoboghare, a former Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in the state said the summit is aimed at facilitating the emergence of an educational system anchored on teaching excellence and innovation; and developing strategies for adequate funding of public school system.

He said it is also aimed at reviving school sports; developing a robust service learning component in schools' curricular; evolving a master plan for the state to become an educational hub; and galvanizing community and private sector involvement in education.

"It is our sincere hope and expectation that this summit will infuse new life into our educational system. As you all may be aware, Delta. is an education-loving state. In fact, the state boasts of more tertiary institutions than any other state in the country.

"And our primary and secondary schools continue to attract interest and patronage from the neighbouring states. But certain problems, not least of which is funding, persist.

"Hopefully, this summit will come up with intelligent and workable strategies on how we can best tackle this problem for the growth and development of our school system and the good of our people," Muoboghare explained.


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