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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

FG Has Spent N3 Trillion on Education Sector in 12 Years - Senator Anyim Pius Anyim

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Senator Anyim Pius Anyim
By Bukola Olatunji     
The Federal Government has spent a total sum of N3 trillion in the education sector since 1999 till date.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, who disclosed this in a keynote address he delivered at the ‘Civil Society/ Stakeholders’ Roundtable on Education’, organised by the Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) yesterday, expressed displeasure that not much impact had been made to justify the huge expenditure.


Anyim, who was represented by his Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Mr. Femi Olayisade, said: “I am happy that the Chief Executive Officers of many of the parastatals in the education sector are here. I, therefore implore you all to consider the roundtable as an opportunity to discuss the ways and means of improving educational system. Government’s investment in education has to be seen making the required impact.”
Meanwhile, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is set to introduce e-examination as it marks its 60th Anniversary. 


Chairman of the council, Prof. Jonas Abioseh Redwood-Sawyer, who disclosed this, during a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, in Abuja, said the council was moving fast on the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in many of its operations for greater effectiveness, including computer activated examination, “so that we can move away from the pen and paper. All these are lined up and we are hoping that within the next few years, WAEC will be very difficult to beat or compete with,” he said.
A delegation of the five member countries of WAEC (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia) had visited the minister to brief her on the programmes lined up for the 60th anniversary of WAEC, holding in Nigeria.


The Chairman of the Council, who is from Sierra Leone, acknowledged the enormous support and contributions of Nigerian government to the successes of WAEC in the last 60 years, with a pledge to see that the council continues to do its best to maintain the integrity of its certificate.

Responding, Rufa’i, also pledged the Federal Government’s continued support for the council to succeed in its mandate, adding that the government had done very much to curtail the menace of examination malpractices that had bedevilled conduct of public examinations,  a menace, which she said was not limited to Nigeria.

SOURCE: http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/anyim-fg-spends-n3-trillion-on-education-in-12-years/112351/

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