Minister Explains Ten Pillars Of Nigerian Education Reform

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,In a bid to change the fortunes of about 50 million illiterates in Nigeria, the Nigerian government has reiterated its commitment to the ten pillars of reform of the education sector.

The Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, shared his vision with Channels Television correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, on an edition of Question Time.

He explained that the mandate of the ‘ten pillars of the education’ road-map involves returning about 11.5 million out-of-school children to the classrooms.

“The road-map for education, which we placed before the National Council of Education is based on ten pillars and these pillars are the most important areas.

“The first is out-of-school children. You know Nigeria leads the world in having the highest number of children who are out of school – 11.5 million.

“After it we look at basic education, which is an area that has fallen on bad times and needs to be revamped.

“We also have vocation education and training. If Nigeria wishes to develop and compete with the rest of the world, we need to do something about our technical education.

“We have put activities in place that would make Nigeria compete fully with the rest of the world.

“Then there is development in ICT, the world is going computer and Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind. We intend to introduce computer technology in our classes.

“There is also the question of teacher education, this is the most important to me. “We need to develop teachers, we need to make them qualify, even in our tertiary institutions there are a dearth of teachers and we need to develop more”.

JAMB Needs To Sit Up

The Education Minister also commented on the cancellation of the post-UTME examination. He maintained that it is the statutory responsibility of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.

According to the Minister, “JAMB was set up to do the test that would determine the admission and I am not defending JAMB, I think there are so many problems. What we need is not to create another examination but to make JAMB to sit up.

There have been complaints from candidates on being listed for a different course from the one registered for, and our correspondent sought to know how the Minister intends to fix these irregularities.

He argued that this particular issue had stopped: “I think that is something that is probably a thing of the past. A lot of restructuring is currently going on in JAMB.”

He added that “both the test that they (JAMB) administer and the result that they give and which university will determine the admission of students will be different from now on”.

Watch the full interview with the Minister of Education on Channels Television current affairs programme, Question Time.

Yabatech Students Protest Death Of Colleague

YabatechStudents of the Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in Lagos State have staged a protest over the death of one of their colleagues.

The students were unhappy with the attention given to a female student, Dazan Charity, who fell ill some days ago and died on Wednesday.

A friend of the deceased alleged that Charity was not attended to because they were unable to get 35,000 Naira requested by the medical attendants.

Another colleague of the victim, Ibraheem Emmanuel, said: “No drug is given by the school medical (you have to go and buy).

“You need to see the stress that was passed through. We were the ones that went to get injections, drugs, in fact drip that were given to Dazan Charity”.

The students maintained that they wanted the school hospital campus scrapped or the institution probed while the medical centre be fully equipped.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Mary Alale-Yusuf, who visited the campus was unable to get through to the school authority, as the students had shut the institution’s main entrance.

She also reported that the deceased student was reported to have been buried at Atan cemetery in Lagos.

Charity, 27, was a final year student of Office Management Technology and was sitting for her final exams.

Kogi Election: Monitoring Group Alleges Movement Of Arms

kogiThe Police might have assured Nigerians that it has made adequate security ahead of the Kogi polls, but there are fears that some unscrupulous people have plans to make things difficult for them.

The Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group, Zikiru Llahi Ibrahim, said that the group has information that lends credence to this troubling development.

Speaking to Channels TV Correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, live from Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Mr Ibrahim said that in Ofu Local Government, TMG observers noticed the movement of light arms which they reported to security agents.

He said that the security agencies have assured the group that they had swung into action and their men were on ground to prevent any lawless acts.

He noted that asides this development in Ofu, the state has remained peaceful with heavy presence of security operatives, and based on their observation there is no cause for alarm as no local government has been identified as volatile.

The Transition Monitoring Group has over 300 men in Kogi State for the election.


Do Not Expect Miracle From Buhari’s Administration – Atiku

Atiku abubakarNigeria’s Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has asked Nigerians not to expect a miracle from the incoming government of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Channels TV correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, the former Vice President stressed that the challenges facing the country are enormous, stating that such would require a step-by-step approach to solving them.

He also noted that devolution of powers should be an urgent matter the Buhari administration should pursue, expressing his fears that too much powers lie within the office of the President of Nigeria.

Alhaji Abubakar decried the weakness of the Nigeria institution, advising that Nigerians should be patient with the incoming government in order to achieve its campaign promises.


BBOG Group Marks A Year Absence Of Chibok Girls

Chibok-girls-protestThe Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group has intensified their crusade on the release of the over 200 Chibok girls abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram last year April.

The campaigners calling for the girls’ release held a one day event at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday, to mark 365 days of their absence.

Channels TV correspondent, Gloria Ume-Ezeoke, reports that the campaigners said they have not lost hope of the girls’ return and will not relent until they are rescued.

The parents of the chibok girls however, are still in anguish and continue to hope that their daughters would be rescued.

Ume-Ezeoke also adds that life has been hard for people residing in one of the villages in Kuje Area Council in Abuja, where some of the families are camped.

It has been one year since the abduction of over 200 school girls from Chibok in Borno State, but the call for their return has not reduced.