Shekarau Urges Buhari To Sustain Jonathan’s Education Transformation Agenda

EducationNigeria’s incoming government have been urged to consolidate on the transformation agenda of the current administration  in the education sector, without considering the political differences.

The Minister of Education, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, made the statement during his maiden visit to the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede In Owerri the Imo State capital, South-east Nigeria.

Mr Shekarau told reporters that if given more and adequate funding, polytechnics were capable of helping Nigeria attain a high technological development base, as most developed countries in the world.

He also advised the incoming General Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to sustain the two cardinal factors of the present government in education which include; increasing access to education and improving the quality of education.

In his earliest visit to the school, Mr Shekarau met with the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Mrs Celina Njoku and had brief interaction with the management and staff of the institution.

After the meeting, Mr Shekarau, accompanied by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri and the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education, Dr Masaudu Kazaure, proceeded to commission some of projects built by the Federal Government through the TETFUND special intervention and some other projects initiated by the school’s management.

Complementing his statements, Professor Onwuliri noted that the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had achieved a lot in the education sector, stressing that adequate funding would make Nigeria’s educational system more enviable.

However, Mrs Njoku commended the Minister for the visit and lodged  a complaint over the one billion Naira High Impact Funding for polytechnics in Nigeria which her school did not benefit from

Some of the project commissioned include the new School of Business Management complex, 500 capacity engineering lecture theater, chemical engineering department, the E-library, classroom complex and the fabrication and production workshop.

Group Seeking Rescue Of Chibok Girls Takes Campaign To Embassies

Chibok girlsThe Bring Back Our Girls campaigners seeking rescue of the schoolgirls abducted from their dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, has taken their campaign to different countries’ embassies in Abuja to press for more efforts in the rescue operations.

On Friday, the group took their protest to the Cameroon High Commission in Abuja to press for the rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted over six months ago.

According to the group, the responsibility to curtail the activities of the insurgents rest on the government of Nigeria and Cameroon, which is bordering Nigeria in the east.

They are demanding that the Cameroonian authorities collaborate with the Nigerian government to secure the release of the abducted girls.

“What do we want? Results on the rescue operations. When do we stop? Not until our girls are back and alive,” the campaign group, led by a former Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, chorus at the entrance of each embassy visited.

The campaign group has held over six months of persistent protest with the #BringBackOurGirls slogan, which went viral on social media few weeks after the girls were abducted.

For the campaigners, there is no going back until the Chibok girls are returned to their parents.

They have decided to put pressure not only on the Nigerian government, but also on the Cameroonian authorities.

Apart from the march to embassies the group also offered special prayers for the abducted school girls, by an Islamic cleric who condemned the activities of the insurgents.

According to the cleric, the Islamic faith has no objection to western education.

The group is hoping that international collaboration from neighbouring Cameroon and Niger will speed up government’s efforts to contain terrorism and return the abducted girls to their parents.

The campaigners had taken the campaign to the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, seeking the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan, but they were denied entry.

In an effort to end the insurgency in the north-east, the Nigerian government reached a ceasefire agreement with representatives of the Boko Haram sect in a meeting where the release of the girls was also discussed.