By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the minister of Education to convene a ministerial summit where key problems confronting the nation’ s education sector will be tackled.
Buhari announced this yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara state at the 33rd convocation of the university of Ilorin.
Represented by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar, Buhari said that the meeting would be convened within the next few weeks.
The summit which he said would be attended by all his cabinet members, is aimed at restoring education to its lead role of human development game-changer.
“My government will not allow the country to miss globally agreed sustainabled development goals SDGs train, the driving force of which is education. Any success recorded in education will have a ripple effect on every other sector of our national life”, he said.
The president, who said that the government was aware of challenges confronting the nation’s education sector, lamented that fortunes of the sector had nosedived in the past couple of decades.
Part of the problems he said included millions of school aged children who are out of school, high adult and youth illiteracy rates as well as low enrollment, participation and completion rates at all levels and forms of education.
“The menace goes on to the menace of poor performance in public examinations, regional socioeconomic and gender disparities in access as well as highly disturbing unemployability of graduates of the education system” he said.
He said that sustainable human development began with education, adding that it was the fuel that energized development efforts in every other human endeavour.
Buhari commended management of the university of Ilorin for sustaining peaceful and harmonious environment, especially on the decades of uninterrupted academic calendar.
He said that the university had stood out among its peers in this regard, adding that the achievements recorded by the university had given assurance that the invested resources by government had not been in vain.
Meanwhile, two best graduates, male and female and two worst graduates, male and female of the university of Ilorin were yesterday awarded scholarships to study in Oxford, United Kingdom.
The registrar of the university, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi, broke the cheering news during the second day of the 33rd convocation of the university in Ilorin, Kwara state
Obafemi disclosed that the cumulative grade performance aggregate (CGPA) determined the beneficiaries of the scholarship awards.
The scholarship awards were presented to the beneficiaries by an international scholar, chair and founder of Excellence in Education Programme, Oxford, UK, Professor Chris Imafidon,
Imafidon, who had argued while delivering the 33rd convocation lecture of the university, titled, “The Genius in You”, that there was no worst graduates, and that the country was blessed with human resources, adding that he planned to turn them all to geniuses.
The renowned scholar, said he had examples of African youths whose potentials had been maximized and well directed.