FG to establish more schools across Nigeria — Jonathan
March 10, 2013 by Etim Ekpimah PUNCH
President Goodluck Jonathan
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Goodluck Jonathan has said the Federal Government is planning to
establish more schools across the country to cater for the needs of
children who are not able to benefit from the ongoing education reforms.
The President, who was represented by
his Vice, Namadi Sambo, stated this in Uyo on Saturday during the
national flag-off of the distribution of instructional materials
procured during the 2012 UBE Intervention Fund to Public Basic Education
in Nigeria. He said the FG was determined to give every child the
opportunity to attend school.
He said the exercise, which will begin
in Uyo in April, will ensure that the 7.5 per cent of children in Akwa
Ibom State, who are not attending school, get basic education.
He said, "It is my pleasure to inform
you that the President has already approved this exercise in the
South-South and within the next six weeks, it will be launched in Akwa
He stated that the supply of textbooks
and other instructional materials have received more attention in the
country’s basic education sub-sector.
"Beyond this ceremony, our efforts at
national transformation will achieve the desired results only if it is
predicated at provisions of quality education at all levels and for the
development of abundant human resources in the country.
"In this regard, we at the federal level
have since redoubled our efforts in policy making and implementation of
tangible innovation in education that serves as catalysts for other
sectors of economy through appropriate and sustainable development in
structure, institutional arrangement and governance as well as funding
and resource mobilisation,” he said.
The Minister of Education, Prof.
Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, said the transformation agenda of Jonathan provides
strategic direction towards achieving the key goals of the government
and the nation as a whole.
"It is for this reason that the Federal
Ministry of Education, in total commitment to the actualisation of the
transformation agenda, has developed the 4-year strategic plan for the
development of the education sector. This is tailored towards serving as
the education component of the transformation agenda and ensuring its
actualisation,” he said.