The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and
Transparency (CESJET) has lauded the Minister
of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, saying he
gave President Muhammadu Buhari’s
administration a good outing in the education
sector for the one year it has spent in office.
Malam Adamu Adamu
The group, which also commended the Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, for
its innovativeness, explained that the minister
was able to largely avoid the prolonged shutdown
that traditionally plague the education sector in
the first year years of previous administrations.
A statement by CESJET Executive Secretary,
Comrade Ikpa Isaac said the relative stability
maintained in the education sector was despite
the economic hardship that has limited
government’s ability to implement projects.
The statement noted that the Minister of
Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu demonstrated
an abundance of a trait Nigerians like in the
government, which is the capacity to gauge
public opinion and respond accordingly.
It said: “The Education Minister, Mallam Adamu
Adamu, who had started on a less than popular
footing with some policies summersault like the
controversial termination of the tenure of Vice
Chancellors of federal government owned
universities, has since gained traction and
working hard to justify his appointment by
President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The ministry under Adamu demonstrated that it
is in tune with trends in education worldwide with
his support for the ICT revolution at the Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. This
is a pointer to his clear understanding of how
important the sector is to our country.
“We however urge the Minister and by extension
President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians
expect further improvement in the sector when
the economy begins to recover. Citizens will take
the level of commitment to education in the past
one year as the minimum basic and would not
accept a decline for any reason.
“We also urge that the sector should be
modernised as rapidly as possible given the
years of neglect that had left curricula outdated
by several decades. The development at JAMB,
which fully digitized and modernised most of its
operation is the way to go and should be rolled
across others facets of the education sector,”
the statement advised.
It asked that the minister take concrete steps to
address the issue of most graduates of tertiary
institutions being unemployable as a result of
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