By Abigail Romanus
Education Minister, Prof Tahir Mamman and the Minister of State for Education Dr Yusuf Tanko Sununu have applauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the double digit proposal for Education in the 2024 budget.
According to them, the development marks a significant improvement over the last couple of years, adding that it underscores the premium the President attaches to the education sector.
The Ministers who stated this on Tuesday at the start of a Two-Day retreat for Education stakeholders in Uyo, the Akwaibom State capital 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 Mr President.
Mamman 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.
Acknowledging the efforts of previous administrations in the development of the education sector, the minister noted that a lot still has to be done in areas of infrastructural development, teacher quality, security of our institutions as well as access to quality education especially for the vulnerable groups.
Mamman said, by giving top priority to the education sector in the 2024 budget, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is walking the talk, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria takes her pride of place in the comity of Nations using education as the gateway.
The minister 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.
He used the ocassion to appeal to all State Governors to work in partnership with the Federal government inorder to achieve a vibrant, functional and self sustaining education sector for the country.
Speaking earlier in his welcome ddress, Minister of State for Education Dr Yusuf Tanko Sununu noted that the proposed 2024 budget for the sector is an indication that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is tenaciously focusing on improving the quality of education for enhanced livelihoods, positive economic outcomes, and level playing field for all actors in the sector.
Sununu commended the dogged efforts of the senior Minister, the Permanent secretary and other stakeholders, whom he said, have worked assiduously for the development, critic and compilation of the 2024-2027 Roadmap for the education sector, describing the retreat as an essential mechanism to drive the timely and effective implementation of the masterplan.
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 as well as timeliness for achieving set goals.
Directors in the Federal Ministry of Education, Chief Executives of Education parastatals, Commissioners of Education across the states of the Federation are attending the retreat.