The Education Minister, Prof Tahir Mamman and the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, have applauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s over the double-digit 2024 budget proposal for the Education sector, describing the development as a significant improvement over the last couple of years.
According to the two ministers, this underscores the premium Mr President attaches to the education sector.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, the Director, Press and Public Relations, of the ministry, Ben. Bem Goong, said the duo stated this at the start of a two-day retreat for education stakeholders in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
It said they promised to justify the confidence reposed in them by the President through the faithful implementation of the education roadmap and the renewed hope agenda of Mr President.
Prof. Tahir Mamman noted that with the Presidency and the National Assembly being on the same page in their resolve to confront the challenges facing the country, this administration is unstoppable.
Acknowledging the efforts of previous administrations in the development of the education sector, Prof. Mamman noted that a lot still has to be done in the areas of infrastructural development, teacher quality, security of our institutions, as well as access to quality education especially for the vulnerable groups.
Prof Tahir Mamman said that by giving top priority to the education sector in the 2024 budget, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is working the talk, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria takes her pride of place in the comity of Nations.
Prof Mamman charged, in particular, heads of parastatals and agencies to work assiduously and collectively to enhance the quality of education delivery at all levels for the benefit of the country.
Mamman used the occasion to appeal to all State Governors to work in partnership with the Federal government in order to achieve a vibrant, functional and self sustaining education sector for the country.
Speaking earlier in his address of welcome, Dr Sununu noted that the proposed 2024 budget for the sector is an indication that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is tenaciously focusing on improving the quality of education for enhanced livelihoods, positive economic outcomes, and level playing field for all actors in the sector.
Dr Sununu commended the dogged efforts of his colleague, the Minister, the Permanent Secretary and other stakeholders, whom he said, have worked assiduously for the development, critic and compilation of the 2024-2027 Roadmap for the Education Sector, describing the retreat as an essential mechanism to drive the timely and effective implementation of the master plan.
He also called for the buy-in of stakeholders, particularly the states of the Federation to ensure the effective implementation of the Roadmap.
Participants at the retreat agreed on the need to set clear objectives, assign responsibilities as well as timeliness for achieving set goals.
Directors in the Federal Ministry of Education, Chief Executives of Education parastatals, Commissioners of Education across the states of the Federation are attending the retreat.