ABUJA – Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, the Deputy Director (Policy and Strategy) of Buhari Campaign Organisation, has called on Nigerians to develop their entrepreneurial skills for the economic growth of the country.
Abdullahi made the call in Abuja on Thursday at the Global Action Week Campaign on Education, tagged “Vote for Education’’, organised by an NGO, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA).
The forum was organised to review the successes and challenges encountered in delivering the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria.
Abdullahi said the education system should be transformed to focus on the skills Nigerians possessed and not the degrees they acquired.
“It is time for the education system in Nigeria to focus on what people can do and not the degrees they have.
“Nigerians and the government should find creative ways to develop the country and our mentality should be changed on how to become entrepreneurs,’’ Abdullahi said.
He said that for education to be improved, the skills of teachers should be developed and upgraded constantly.
“Nigeria is a country where the parents got better education than their kids instead of the other way round because of inadequate attention to the sector by the government,” Abdullahi said.
According to him, education is a tool for reducing inequality in the society.
Ms Chioma Osuji, the Policy Advisor CSACEFA, said education was a fundamental human right of the child irrespective of gender, location and disability.
The advisor said in the year 2000, world leaders promised to guarantee education for all by 2015 but noted that Nigeria had over 10.5 million out of school children with insurgency as a contributing factor.
She called for the inclusion of persons living with disabilities and youths in the Post- 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda on education.
Also in her address, Mrs Elizabeth Omotowa, Director, Educational Planning Research and Development, Federal Ministry of Education, said education was basic human right and must be given adequate attention.
Omotowa was represented by Mrs Ngozi Nduka, Deputy Director of the department. (NAN)
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