Nigerian Government To Prioritise Basic Education – Minister

By Jack Acheme, Abuja

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The Education Minister in Nigeria, Professor Tahir Mamman says priority will henceforth be given to basic education as it impacts positively on the overall development of the nation.

The Minister stated this in Abuja the nation’s capital in continuation of his briefing
sessions with Parastatals and Agencies under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of

According to him, “the foundation level is the most critical segment in the sector which must be properly developed to impact positively on other tiers of the sector and overall National Development.”

Mamman noted that the forthcoming National Census would stop the
controversies surrounding the actual figures of out-of-school children.

Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu also emphasised that all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigerian children get the desired Education to prepare them for the future.

Dr. Sununu directed the UBEC Chief Executive to take the struggle for counterpart funding to the doorstep of State Governors explaining that an Uneducated Child is a clear danger to himself and society at large.

UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobo told the Ministers that the Country needed an additional 20, 000 schools and 907, 769 classrooms to absorb the growing number of out ofout-of-school childrenn.

The Executive Secretary identified Infrastructure gaps and inadequate Manpower as some of the challenges facing the Commission in its efforts towards ensuring equitable access to quality basic education.



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