ABUJA—PRESIDENTIAL aspirant on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday, gave Nigerians a preview into his plans for the country’s education sector.
Ribadu who spoke at the second National Joint Education Stakeholders Action Coalition, JESAC, Conference in Abuja outlined, what he called “The Seven Central Strategies” designed to make the Nigerian youth “march into the future with confidence.”
The anti-corruption czar who was represented by Dr. Sunny Ugochukwu, in his speech entitled, “Rise Up And Walk: Educating Nigerians For 21st Century Challenges,” said his administration would implement UNESCO recommendations on education to the letter.
He listed his seven strategies as funding, access to qualitative education, quality assurance/regulation, infrastructure, staff training and welfare, research, student discipline and related matters.
Ribadu said: “Let me say straight away that I shall implement to the full the 26 percent UNESCO recommendation on taking office. Poor funding is a major cause of decay in education at all levels, primary, secondary and tertiary.
Adequate funding, carefully calibrated to speak to differentiated areas of need, will revitalize academic and physical infrastructure and reverse the current woeful story of poor performance in NECO and other public examinations.”
Ribadu who lamented that some children were being denied their right to education, due to inadequate infrastructure, also promised that none would be left behind in his administration as there are plans to get every child, access to good education.
He said:”The physically challenged shall be brought in from the cold and provided with training specially tailored to their individual peculiarities in special centres to be opened in all the six geopolitical zones.”
Wondering why no Nigerian university was listed in the first 1000 in the world in independent rankings published recently, he said: “My team and I shall reverse this negative trend by supporting academic freedom and not just university autonomy, but also institutional autonomy.
I believe that members of staff of higher institutions of learning should play a large role in how their institutions are being administered. We shall strengthen and also work with the National Universities Commission to make illegal universities history and also ensure that universities offer only courses for which they are competent.”