Education minister sets up 8-man committee on financial autonomy in varsities, others

An eight-man committee has been inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, to set up a roadmap for the education sector in line with the “Renewed Hope” agenda of President Bola Tinubu.

The committee headed by Dr. Nuhu Yakubu, has as one of its members a former Deputy Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, and Prof. Sa’ad Umar.

Inaugurating the committee members on Tuesday, the minister said, “Mr. President has clearly laid out his vision for his administration and it is anchored on improving the lives of Nigerians in a manner that not just reflects our humanity but encourages compassion towards one another and duly rewards our collective efforts to resolve the social ills that seek to divide us.

“On education specifically, our president has declared his commitment and as a priority, among other missions, to see about 10.5 million Nigerians out of school children retrained with skills that will make them stand on their own. We will, therefore, need a clear road map and framework that will guide the ministry to achieve these goals.

“To achieve this vision, we must necessarily harness our human resources. But before we harness our human resources, we need to be sure of what we need to do to fill in the gaps that have, over the years, inexplicably pulled us back.”

Addressing the committee members on the task ahead, Mamman said, “Permit me to highlight some of the issues you may need to look at, amongst all others. As Nigeria looks towards having quality education, it is important that the curriculum, from basic to tertiary level meets the demands of our times and needs of the society. I am happy to note that work has commenced at some level, especially the secondary and tertiary levels. What we need to know is to what extent can what we already have met contemporary demands of education globally and if not sufficient, how to address them.