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FG assures stakeholders of faithful implementation of education roadmap

The Federal Government has reassured stakeholders in the education sector of its readiness to faithfully implement the sector roadmap being developed to achieve the desired transformation and turnaround of education in Nigeria.

The Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, and the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, gave the assurance at a two-day retreat to brainstorm on strategies for implementing the Ministerial Roadmap for the Education Sector 2024-2027 and the adoption of the draft monitoring and evaluation plan and framework for its implementation held at Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.

The event attracted directors in the Federal Ministry of Education, Chief Executives of Education parastatals, Commissioners of Education across the states of the Federation, and other critical stakeholders, a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Bem Ben Goong said on Tuesday in Abuja.

The two ministers applauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the double-digit 2024 budget proposal for the education sector, describing the development as a significant improvement over the last couple of years.

They noted that this has also underscored the premium President Tinubu attaches to the education sector.

According to the statement, both Mamman and Sununu promised to justify the confidence reposed in them by the President through the faithful implementation of the education roadmap and the renewed hope agenda of the President.

Prof. Mamman particularly noted that, with the Presidency and the National Assembly being on the same page in their resolve to confront the challenges facing the country, “this administration is unstoppable.”.

He acknowledged the efforts of previous administrations in the development of the education sector but insisted that a lot still has to be done in areas of infrastructural development, teacher quality, the security of our institutions, as well as access to quality education, especially for the vulnerable groups.

He said that by giving top priority to the education sector in the 2024 budget, the President is working the talk, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria takes pride of place in the community of nations.

He charged, in particular, heads of parastatals and agencies to work assiduously and collectively to enhance the quality of education delivery at all levels for the benefit of the country.

Mamman used the occasion to appeal to all state governors to work in partnership with the federal government to achieve a vibrant, functional, and self-sustaining education sector for the country.

Speaking earlier in his welcome address, Minister of State for Education Dr Yusuf Tanko Sununu noted that the proposed 2024 budget for the sector was an indication that President Tinubu is tenaciously focusing on improving the quality of education for enhanced livelihoods, positive economic outcomes, and a level playing field for all actors in the sector.

Dr Sununu commended the dogged efforts of his colleague, the Minister, the Permanent Secretary, and other stakeholders, whom he said have worked strenuously for the development, criticism, and compilation of the 2024–2027 Roadmap for the education sector.

He described the retreat as an essential mechanism to drive the timely and effective implementation of the master plan.

Dr Sununu also called for the buy-in of stakeholders, particularly the states of the Federation, to ensure the effective implementation of the roadmap.

Participants at the retreat agreed on the need to set clear objectives, assign responsibilities, and establish timelines for achieving set goals.

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