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A consultancy firm, the MRL Public Sector Consultants, working together with the Niger state government on the project, Transforming Education in Niger State (TENS) has recently held a meeting with the stakeholders in the educational sector in the state.
Speaking during the meeting, the commissioner for education, science and technology in the state, Hajiya Fatima Madugu, stated that the meeting was held so as to intimate stakeholders in the sector on the activities of the MRL TENS team over the last one year.
“The meeting is an offshoot of the meeting held with the commissioner two weeks ago were discussion were on between the officials of the ministry and the consultants. They are here to tell us what they have been doing in the last one year.
“The MRL consultants have been anchoring an assignment for us. It is a sort of review of our fiscal plan over this period. They have concluded the assignment in the phase I and they are now thinking of going into phase II.
The commissioner who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Shuaibu Adamu, urged the team from the ministry’s agencies and parastatals to listen attentively to the presentation by the TENS team and make viable contributions to bring about success in the second phase of the programme and in the transforming of the sector.
“We need the stakeholders to know what is happening. We need your contributions and suggestions on how the second phase will look like,” she said.
In his presentation, the executive assistant/programme support, MRL, Marcus Onoja, explained that the phase I of the project was basically the collation of data of the primary and secondary schools in the state adding that the information collated was used to prepare the plan for the phase II of the project.
He also revealed that the data was geared towards bringing in international donors that will help move education in the state to a greater height adding that the team’s report on the first phase will be presented to stakeholders during the stakeholder summit that will be held soon.
Recall that the Transforming Education in Niger State (TENS) is a major educational transformation programme at the primary and secondary school levels, working in partnership with MRL Public Sector Consultants, the University of Cambridge and the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM).

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