By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu
The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mammam has inaugurated an eight-man committee to develop a Roadmap to actualise set objectives in the education sector.
Inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister urged it to develop plans that would help the Ministry turn around the fortunes of the sector and the country in general.
The members of the committee include; Dr. Nuru Yakubu, chairman, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, member, Prof. Sa’ad Umar, member, Shulamite Paul (Ms), member, Dr. Garba Ibrahim, member, Hajia Hindatu Abdullahi, member, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, member and Mr. Joseph Achede, Secretary.
Mammam who stated that the event marked a pivotal moment in the nation’s pursuit of educational excellence and societal development, highlighted the urgency of the committee’s mission, while urging it to ensure a clear direction that will help transform the nation’s fortunes.
The minister stated that President Tinubu has declared his commitment to education as a priority, among other missions, to see about 10.5 Million Nigerian Out-of-School Children retrained with skills that will make them stand on their own.
“We will, therefore, need a clear road map and framework that will guide the ministry achieve these goals.
“ To achieve this vision, we must necessarily harness our human resources. But before we harness our human resources, we need to be sure of what we need to do to fill in the gaps that have, over the years, inexplicably pulled us back,” he said.
Highlighting some of the issues the committee need to look into, Mammam stated that it is important that the curriculum, from basic to tertiary level meets the demands of times and needs of the society.
“Of course, I do not need to emphasise the infrastructural deficit which the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETFund) as well as good minded Nigerian. philanthropists and our development partners have been supporting. Again we ask ourselves to what extent has such gone in putting the country where we need to be?
“I do expect that issues of Financial Autonomy in Tertiary Institutions, access and equity, research and innovation as well as the government-industry-academic nexus would occupy your thoughts. In the same vein, the global competitiveness of our educational system should not escape your scrutiny,” he said.
The minister while appreciating the members of the committee for accepting to work on the project, gave them a time frame of four weeks to submit their report.