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FG stands to give Universities full autonomy

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By Abiodun Okunloye

A more efficient system will provide access to better quality education.

By giving universities the freedom to look into new sources of income for their operations, the federal government has demonstrated its commitment to finding ways to finance tertiary education. Prof. Tahir Mamman, Nigerian Minister of Education, announced this Monday in Abuja at the opening of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Annual Education Conference (NAEC), with the theme “Implementation of Education 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Nigeria.” The Federal Ministry of Education, in conjunction with its development partners and other stakeholders, came up with the idea of holding an Education Conference to recommit the country to its goal of expanding its population’s access to a better quality education provided by a more efficient system.

The Minister of Education issued a call to action to all of the stakeholders in the education sector, urging them to collaborate with the ministry to explore creative alternatives for enhanced funding and to ensure accessible, equitable, high-quality education as well as possibilities for a lifetime. He also decried the continued assaults on educational institutions across the nation, bringing up the recent brutal killing of a female nursing student at the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), named Miss Atanda Modupe Deborah, and expressing his regret over the incident.

Stakeholders in the education sector should collaborate.

Mamman praised the conference’s organisers for their foresight, saying that the conference’s central theme reflects President Bola Tinubu’s goal of expanding access to vocational and technical education for the countless number of young people who graduate from primary and secondary school each year but struggle to gain entry to institutions of higher learning or gain employment. He stated that, as everyone is aware, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has openly expressed his commitment to reorganising the educational system as a matter of priority.

Therefore, it is essential that the ministry and all of the players in the education system collaborate to make this vision a reality as quickly as possible. The time for making lengthy proclamations is past; from now on, they will have to do the work. This conference also gives him the opportunity to meet the attendants, the pillars of the Nigerian education system, and for them to reaffirm their commitment to making substantial changes in the education sector for the benefit of young people, adults, and the entire society.

Much effort must be channelled to achieve the SDGs.

Their prompt response to attend the event reflects the value they place on the sector’s continued expansion in Nigeria. Their participation in this area is much valued. Until the nation achieves all of the goals outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and beyond, including the education-related indicators and targets outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2060, this conference’s theme will remain timely and important. Nigeria, as a signatory to the SDG 2030 and the AU Agenda 2060, is responsible for showing that it is committed to reaching these goals by taking the lead and owning the implementation process.

One of the areas that makes sure that the nation’s planning and budgeting are done within the parameters of the SDGs is the Education sector. He is also relieved that the technical sessions will focus on pressing and timely issues in Nigerian educational sector. President Tinubu’s goals for the education sector may be found in the forthcoming discussions on tertiary education in Nigeria. These discussions will centre on growing concepts such as university autonomy and the Students Loans Fund, as well as education financial matters.

Leverage will be given to several underprivileged youths.

On the other hand, he iterated that their discussions on improving entrepreneurial abilities, as well as the implementation of technical and vocational education in Nigerian schools, are directly linked to the president’s aim of strengthening vocational and technical education in the country. This will also provide a means of accepting the millions of young people who graduate from primary and secondary schools each year but are unable to easily gain entrance to universities or other tertiary institutions or find employment.

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