By Desmond Ejibas
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu says the Federal Government remains committed to the attainment of Education 2030 vision for speedy development of the country.
Adamu gave the assurance while addressing delegates at the 64th Meeting of the National Council on Education (NCE) in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
NCE, Nigeria’s highest policy making body on education, organised the summit with the theme: Education for Self-Reliance; a tool for the Achievement of Education 2030 Agenda.
Adamu said the federal government has taken actionable steps to address some of the identified challenges plaguing growth of education in the country.
“Presently, Nigeria is confronted with challenges and growing anomie largely perpetrated by insecurity fuelled by poverty and youth unemployment with its attendant evils.
“Some of the steps that we are taking to address the challenges, includes, the development of accelerated education curriculum for out-of-school children and teachers’ quality and funding.
“Others are: technical and vocational education and training; improving access and quality of education; update on Nigeria education management information system as well as examination matters,” he said.
The minister said ongoing reforms, drawn from the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), was part of efforts to implement the African Charter Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals 4.
He, however, said the reform was hampered by a deficit of human capital needed to efficiently manage the abundant natural resources at the nation’s disposal for sustainable growth.
“The attainment of the 2030 Education agenda demands that we formulate credible and implementable educational policies, programmes and initiatives.
“The current decline in the quality of our education system is unacceptable and must be reverted.
“So, we will use this session to spark off insightful discussions on the strategies we can adopt to ensure education for self-reliance is given its desired priority in our curriculum,” he said.
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers said the nation would attain development when citizens are equipped with the right knowledge and skill to contribute to national growth.
Wike, who declared open the summit, advocated for the promotion of inclusive and equitable quality education to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.
“This requires providing the enabling legal framework; adopting the right policies and programmes; deploying adequate resources and manpower and strong political will.
“The lack of political will by government; inadequate allocation of resources; ineffective monitoring policy implementation are some of the factors responsible for the deteriorated status of education in Nigeria,” he said.
The governor said that the state government has so far, renovated, expanded and equipped over 400 basic education schools while 68 others were at different stages of renovation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other dignitaries at the meeting, includes, the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries in Ministry of Education in the 36 states, among other delegates. (NAN)