Kwara State governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged the federal government to take over primary education from the local government councils in order to achieve maximum results while the private sector should actively be involved in the running of tertiary institutions for desired outcome.
Governor Ahmed made the suggestion in Abuja while participating in a discussion of northern region at the 21st Nigerian Economic Summit organised by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the National Planning Commission.
Ahmed explained that the foundational level of education should not be left in the hands of local government authorities, pointing out that the cost of running primary education was beyond the local government in view of inconsistence and dwindling allocations from the federation account.
The governor emphasised the need for the prioritisation of intermediate vocational studies to properly equip the youths to meet manpower requirements for industries.
He identified poor education, poverty, illiteracy and diseases as issues affecting the North Central zone, stressing the need for sub-national peer review as mechanism to share ideas and address common challenges in the zones.

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