Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6.00PM /
To achieve and attain a viable and dynamic Nigerian
education system, that meets global market demands stakeholders have called for
a robust public and private partnership.
This was the outcome of the 2017 BusinessDay Nigeria
Education summit in Lagos, which explored the theme “Realigning Education with
Market Demand: The Role of Private Sector as Catalyst”, attracting key players
from the government, private sector, advocacy groups and academia.
In his opening remarks, the Publisher of BusinessDay
Nigeria Mr Frank Aigbogun said the summit was looking at converting challenges
in the education sector, to opportunities for investments”. According to
Aigbogun “What we seek today is to galvanize interest, creating a
catalyst for the kind of PPP that is required for positioning education as a
bedrock for development in the country”.
Mr Aigbogun stressed that the objective of the
BusinessDay Education summit is to Secure and strengthen PPP frameworks that
can strengthen strategic investments in the sector.
He asserted that education is the best investment that
a nation can make to tackle poverty, exclusion and inequality. The renowned
Publisher noted that quality education mattered for the 43ml population in
Nigeria under 10 years and 18ml unemployed and under-employed youth .
Keynote speaker Prof Pai Obanya Director Emeritus
Professor , Institute of Education, University of Ibadan proposed a tripartite
model for developing Nigeria’s education sector, between the government,
industry and civil society.
Prof Obanya said Nigeria must from scratching the
surface approach, to a pragmatic step in the education sector, decrying the
fact that the nation has an examination system, not an effective education system.
The scholar identified six areas the country has to
address to the root level, in advancing the education sector. They include;
policy environment, access & quality, quality & relevance, management
& efficiency, teaching & relevance and resourcing.
He warned that the skills mismatch was fuelling
unemployability in the country, which requires a National review of the
curriculum in Tertiary education that fits with the 21st century
On the way forward Obanya suggested a new philosophy
in the education sector, the breaking of the talk-to-action jinx in policy
making, a national smart city initiative driving education, good politics for
good education and the integration of the education policy in the economic
planning of the nation.
Special Guest of honour Senate President Dr. Bukola
Saraki who was represented by Senator Tijjani Kaura(Deputy Chairman, Senate
Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND) commended BusinessDay for
hosting the summit.
The Senate President reassured stakeholders that the 8th
National Assembly remained committed to legislations, that will support PPP
models in transforming the landscape of education in Nigeria.