“I will continue to fight for your future; because I am one of you…I will continue to fight for all citizens, to have access to first class education”. -President GoodLuck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. May 29 2011.
“Education once given can never be taken away”. It has no borders. It conquers, leaving behind no territory. It slips into corners of our lives, or it’s soaked up by multitudes, depending on our approach or attitude towards it. Education is intangible, yet you see it, and can feel it. Yes you can hear it. It is amorphous, so it permeates the mind, changing our thoughts in the process.
It reforms our behaviour and thinking, and transforms the individual within his environment. This should explain the general consensus that education is “central to the actualisation of the Transformation Agenda”, and therefore key to “ Nigeria ’s socio-economic development”. The transformation Agenda as enunciated by the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan “seeks to address the challenges that have hampered Nigeria’s ability to secure for itself consistency in economic and social growth, with a direct bearing on the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians,(all one hundred and sixty of them). No economy has a future, if its youths have no future.
In other words, Education is key to transforming our economy, its workforce, and its psyche. It is our lifeline. For the moment, the Federal Ministry of Education is focusing on the following:
1. Enrolment of children in school.
2. Provision and upgrading of educational infrastructure at all levels to increase level of access to education and reduce Pupil to Teacher ratio;
3. Enhance efficiency and competence of teachers and managers of education; the population of the country should not ever be a drawback. If handled properly, it should be an asset, a form of Pride. It should become the light at the end of a very short tunnel.
Adamu wrote in from Abuja