President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in Enugu, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment towards restoring the falling standard of education. He insisted that for any nation to make appreciable impact in the overall socio-economic and political development, it must invest heavily in the education sector.
President Jonathan’s remark came as he inaugurated the ‘Back-To-School’ Campaign with a charge to South-east governors to address the issue of access to education within one year.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, at the event, directed that quality schools should be constructed in the zone to carter for the large population of children who would return to school.
He noted that government had in recognition of the strategic role of children in the future of Nigeria identified groups across the country who required special attention towards benefiting from various educational opportunities.
According to him, while the almajiri and girl-child education had been unveiled in the Northern part of the country, “the education of the boy-child has been identified as an area of concern”, in the South-east zone.
He observed that considering the entrepreneurial skills of the people of the zone, “government was determined to reverse the trend where goods proudly manufactured by them are falsely labelled as coming from other countries.
“While the government recognizes the passion of a vast majority of people from South-east zone for enterprise, this administration strongly believes that education would help to boost the potentials of individuals and make them more even effective in a digitalised global environment.
“This informs why we are encouraging youths in the region to remain in school to acquire more skills in order to fully exploit the potentials of the area and the country as a whole,”he stated.
The President urged each state in the region to work with their local governments and communities as well as traditional rulers to identify peculiar challenges of boy-child education in their respective states.
“Where the boys have already left school, uncompleted, we must look at the possibility of taking education to them in forms that are convenient to them, even for a few hours a week,” he added.