Ehingbeti 2021: Suleiman, Adefisayo recommend increased commitment to education sector

Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman and Lagos Commissionerfor Education, Folashade Adefisayoon a panel with Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education; Akin Abayomi, Lagos Commissioner of Health at Ehingbeti, the ongoing Lagos Economic Summit, have recommend increased commitment to education as the path to delivering the needed human resources social advancement and national growth.
Ehingbeti 2021: Suleiman, Adefisayo Recommend Increased Commitment To Education Sector

Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman and Lagos Commissionerfor Education, Folashade Adefisayo on a panel with Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education; Akin Abayomi, Lagos Commissioner of Health at Ehingbeti, the ongoing Lagos Economic Summit, have recommend increased commitment to education as the path to delivering the needed human resources social advancement and national growth.   

Suleiman said Nigeria needs to redefine its commitment to education. He added that there must be a change of orientation on education financing, saying such funds must be considered as a capital expenditure worth investing on.

“We need to re-strategize on how our education system is delivered as the world is rapidly changing.

“I am of the view that the educational system we have today cannot deliver the human resources that we need today, let alone for the future”.

“The resources that we have today (both private and public sector) is not sufficient to run the whole system, we will not be able to provide education for everyone”.

 “The number of people that are qualified to teach is insufficient because it takes too much time to turn people into a teacher. We need to rethink who a teacher is, and where teaching goes on.

“All the reasons that the government borrows money for, none is more important than borrowing money for the future of our children. The repayment of the borrowings today is likely to come for the children we are training today.

“The government should be responsible for commercialising every aspect of human capital development so it can scale.”

Earlier, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education had complained that graduates no longer function as required at their work places because the knowledge they possess is not in line with current realities.

“I would like to focus my attention on we shouldoptimise, not obsolescence. What is happening now is that our educational system, as a result of COVID-19 and other happenings, is becoming obsolete, if it has not become,” she said.

“This is because graduates in the workforce are unable to function as required in their work duties in various industries, so definitely there is some sort of dysfunction in the educational system.”

The commissioner said Lagos state is changing the approach to education by enhancing curriculum and promoting technical knowledge. She added the government is providing alternative options to students who are unable to proceed to the university.

“One strategy we (Lagos State Ministry of Education) are looking at is giving all schools the option of either writing WASSCE and go to the university, or provide comprehensive school systems that will integrate the curriculum with 21st century skills, way beyond vocational skills such as tailoring, etc,” she said.

 “Also, these comprehensive schools will teach students team work, leadership, digital literacy — not ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’, ability to use technology, attitudinal skills, etc.

“We do not have enough teachers and even the teachers we have, with all due respect, because they do not have the teachers’ skills yet. So, we need to address teachers’ training curriculum”

“We have to integrate technology into teaching and learning. This is another strategy we have to invest in. We need funding, so we need to work with the private sector, development partners and NGOs so that we can all actualize this vision.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

During the visit, the delegation expressed their condolences for the seven service men killed in the crash of a Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja.