The Nigerian government has called for the harmonisation of interventions from International Development Partners and Civil Society groups, so as to successfully address challenges facing the country’s Education Sector.
The government also called for collaborative efforts towards integrating the nation into holistic partnership.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba made the call in Abuja while addressing representatives of International development organisations, members of civil society groups as well as government intervention agencies.
Speaking on key challenges facing the country in the education sector, the Minister stressed the need for development partners to deliberately identify major problems in the sector as well as agree to work together to genuinely reposition Nigerian’s education system.
Nwajiuba made known that the National document on short and medium term target/work plan , titled Harmonized Federal and States’ Education sector blue print was developed to help partners determine their areas of focus.
According to the Minister: “Nigeria is getting intervention from all areas of the world including Korea, Japan and others but it’s unfortunate that all development partners are not working together hence our problems are not being solved, we need to figure out those critical areas that Nigeria really need this interventions
“It should be more about what Nigeria wants to be helped on as well as how Nigeria can be helped other than forcing us to accept interventions that are not peculiar to our needs,” Nwajiuba added.
He emphasized that repositioning the Nigerian education sector for the 21st century and for global competitiveness is imperative and should become the concern of all.
“The meeting with the International development partners was held to eradicate duplication of programmes and projects and facilitate better coordination of monitoring activities of our partners”
“The time for action is now, education for all is the responsibility of all,” Nwajiuba added.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono it was time for Nigeria to harness all interventions for the education sector with target.
Echono said the government is ready to focus on what it intends to do to reduce some of the challenges of the sector in shortest time.
Present at the meeting were UNICEF Education specialists, KOICA, JAICA representatives, members of the National Economic Summit group and other key actors from all segments of the sector.