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EZEKWESILI CALLS FOR NATIONAL SUMMIT ON EDUCATION, HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT

By IretiOluwa Akindele/…

The need   to keep the good and qualitative  educational objectives of  the late  foremost technocrat and administrator, Mr. Gamaliel Onosode  alive  was what  prompted  Gamaliel and Susan Onosode foundation (GAMSU ) a non- governmetal organization established by him when he was alive, to organize the 3rd series of its annual lecture  at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Lagos recently.

 

The attention of the day was on the falling educational standard in Nigeria and how to move it forward to a greater height. The key note speaker , Dr. Oby Ezekwesili called for a national conversation with a view to improving on the quality of human capital development in the country.

 

The National Economic Governance Conference, according to her will be the platform that would bring divergent stakeholders to brainstorm on the way forward for the country’s education.

 

The former minister, who spoke on “Finding Solutions to the Problems of the Nigerian Education System: A Multi Stakeholder Approach,” also urged the Federal Government to develop the political will to restore macro-economic stability in the country.

 

She said, “I expect the Federal Government to have the political boldness to restore macro-economic stability in the country. By this, I look forward to seeing a fine mix of the monetary policies, as well as an urgent exercise to re-position the economy and reduce poverty.  A good mix of the monetary and physical policies will see the nation and its citizens out of poverty”.

 

Going further, Ezkwesili who is one of the arrow heads of Bring Back Our Girls Campaign Team , said  that Nigeria  need to change the dynamics of our economy after four decades of oil boom that did not take us far.

 

“It is urgent for us to have a complete overhaul of the economy and to achieve this; it must not be the ideas of a few political elite”.

Ezekwesili  who cannot control her emotions while delivering her lecture on the type of a man late Gamaliel Onosoode was, and the  contributions he made towards improving the standard of education, most especially when she was made the minister of education sobbed openly.

Few others in the hall joined her. But she said she was happy that GAMSU as an organization has decided to keep the flag of the founder of the organization flying through their  activities within the  short time it was established.

Video clips of what GAMSU has been done were aired.

 

In her welcoming speech, the CEO of GAMSU, Mrs. Toyin Olanrewaju  reeled out the impact of the Foundation in Nigeria and the need for all hands to be on deck to make the dream of the foundation realized.

.Gamaliel & Susan Onosode Foundation (GAMSU)  was established  to further attain the mission of fostering the success of children through innovative, flexible learning opportunities while providing an enabling environment in Nigeria.