For­mer Min­is­ter Urges FG To Fo­cus On Ed­u­ca­tion Re­forms

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - Kanayo Umeh, Abuja

FOR­MER Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Frank Nweke, has urged Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to fo­cus more on re­form­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, rather than plac­ing at­ten­tion on oil.

Nweke made the call, yes­ter­day, in Abuja, at a re­union of the Old Girls’ As­so­ci­a­tion of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Girls’ Col­lege, Yola.

The for­mer min­is­ter, who was rep­re­sented by Michael Ma­gaji, the Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Col­lege, Jos Old Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said with qual­ity teach­ing, Nige­ri­ans would be able be to gen­er­ate wealth. He said: “Ed­u­ca­tion is not just in the con­tent, but in de­liv­ery. If you want to know how re­source­ful a coun­try is, you should first count its highly ef­fec­tive teach­ers and how in­volved the par­ents are.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, 13.5m Nige­rian chil­dren are cur­rently out of school, a devel­op­ment that “is a so­cial and moral gap and a threat to so­ci­ety.”

Nweke stated that the as­soci- ation’s role is to help set a devel­op­ment agenda for young up­com­ing stu­dents.

Dr. An­to­nia Obike, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the old girls in the Di­as­pora said grad­u­ates of the school were will­ing to do their best to en­sure the devel­op­ment of the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in Nige­ria.

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