UNESCO pledges support for Nigeria’s education sector

By Timothy Choji, State House, Abuja

Nigeria’s education sector is to receive a boost from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

Director General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bakova, made this known to Journalists, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She said she was in Nigeria to deepen her organization’s relationship with the country.

The UNESCO Director General, who was in the State House in company of some officials of the organisation, said UNESCO, has enjoyed a good working relationship with Nigeria and her personal visit would help deepen the relationship.

“I just want to use this opportunity as Director General of UNESCO, to say how honoured I am to be in Nigeria once again, to deepen the cooperation between this great country and UNESCO and to accompany the government and the President of Nigeria, in the implementation of his vision for CHANGE in Nigeria and in order to implement the Sustainable Development Goals,” She said.

Mrs Bakova said UNESCO was impressed by the giant strides of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration and would continue to support Nigeria in various ways.

“We touched about the quality education drive of the current administration, the knowledge based society, we spoke about the role of sciences, the challenges of economic growth, technical vocational training and the lake Chad, which is now not only an ecological catastrophe but it also concerns the livelihoods of millions of people,” The UNESCO DG observed.

She noted the successes recorded by the Nigerian ministry of education, which she said will help in shaping the future of the education sector.

“I would like to commend the Minister of Education, for his very strong drive of massive investment in literacy and the use of new technology to reach the marginalized. We at UNESCO are convinced that this is the only way to achieve success for the future,” she said.

The UNESCO Director General also had a good message for the National Open University of Nigeria. She said: “I have visited the National Open University of Nigeria and UNESCO is supporting this university in the creation of platforms as well as strengthening the outreach and quality of teaching.”.

Both the Minister and the Director General of UNESCO later signed an agreement on cementing the relationship between Nigeria and UNESCO.