Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, will this morning, leave for Accra, Ghana to attend an Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Mali.
He is representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the meeting being attended by other leaders to discuss the political crisis in the landlocked country and the security situation in the sub-region.
While in the Ghanaian capital, the Vice President would parley with representatives of the Nigerian community on issues bordering on their wellbeing in the West African nation.
Besides, Osinbajo, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata and other public and private sector players are to brainstorm on transforming Nigeria’s education sector in the post-COVID-19 era at the Kings College Old Boys Association’s (KCOBA) 111th teleconference Kingsweek.
The gathering, which commemorates the Founder’s Day on September 19, 2020, is featuring a keynote lecture themed: “Education: The way forward” and a panel discussion on solutions to fix the rot in the education system.
The panelists include the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, National Security Adviser, Maj.-gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), immediate past Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, President of St. Gregory College Old Boys Association, Justice Adeniyi Adetokunbo Ademola (rtd), ex-Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft, Hakeem Adeniji-Adele and Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi.
According to the Kingsweek Committee Chairman, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, who would be moderating the sessions, the theme of the event was apt, as the country’s education system “is gradually losing its value in the world”, adding that no nation could grow in the absence of an educated populace.
Deputy President of KCOBA, Dr. Leke Oshuniyi, said “there is neglect and decay in the country’s education system due to the several years of inadequate funding and dereliction attributable to the overburdened Federal Ministry of Education which is responsible for upkeep of federal institutions.”
The General Secretary, Rotimi Ashley-Dejo, observed that the biggest problem before the association was the decay in the sector, adding: “The quality of education is low and below average in Africa, which is why the conference is apt to get policy makers to draft a roadmap to address the challenges facing the sector.”