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.

South-East’s TAN Endorses Jonathan For 2015

Goodluck JonathanThe Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in the south-east has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as a candidate they will support in the 2015 presidential election, asking him to declare his interest to run.

At a rally of the group held on Saturday in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, Senators, ministers, governors and other top government officials from the south-east states and the Federal Government gave their support to the President.

Addressing the crowd at the rally, the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, listed the achievements of the President and said he deserved to be given the chance to continue his transformation agenda.

“We have gathered here to demand from the President Goodluck Jonathan, one who has distinguished himself as a preeminent visionary leader, to declare and run for and be elected as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2015.

“President Goodluck’s Transformation Agenda has remained on course. The President has brought so much good to our country,” the Minister stressed.

He pointed out that under President Jonathan, Nigeria had witnessed an unprecedented economic growth and had become Africa’s largest economy.

Professor Nebo further stressed that Nigeria’s macro-economic indices was stable, making Nigeria the number one destination for foreign direct investment in the world.

All the achievements, he said, were enough to earn President Jonathan a second term in office.

Some other achievements of the President listed by other persons that spoke include the second Niger Bridge and good roads in the south-east.

At the end of the rally, the south-east members of TAN handed a document containing the request of the group and the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the Presidential candidate that the region will support in the 2015 general elections to the Secretary to the Government of Nigeria. Senator Pius Ayim.