17 July 2017

Nigeria: 'Education, Electricity Need Urgent Attention'

Basic education and electricity have been termed as critical development issues begging for urgent attention.

This is part of the resolutions at the 9th annual media lecture series of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) in Abuja yesterday.

The event has the theme: "Light up, light in: Interrogating the nexus between electricity and basic education in Nigeria."

In his remark, the Board Chairman of WSCIJ, Prof. Ropo Sekoni, said this year's lecture is driven by the new programme of the centre called Regulators Monitoring Programme (REMOP), which is implemented with support from MacArthur Foundation.

Speaking earlier, Coordinator of WSCIJ, Ms Motunrayo, said the REMOP is about enabling transparency, accountability and social justice.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, described the forum as one of best platforms to discuss issues bordering the commission.

He said some of the challenges regulatory agencies faced included lack of feedback and constructive criticism from the public.

In his remark, the Acting Chairman, Nigerian Electrical Regulatory Agency (NERC), Dr Anthony Akah, said the economic success of any nation depends on uninterrupted power supply.

Dr Akah, represented by the Deputy General Manager, Consumer Complain of NERC, Bar. Chijioke Obi, said the country is on the right course on the issue of power supply.

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