North East Zone To Set Up Council On Education, Says NEGF
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The forum of North East Governors has resolved to set up a council on education with the sole mandate of improving quality and performance of students.
A communique of the forum after its meeting in Bauchi on Thursday, said other functions of the council include setting up peer review, and data collation to drive decisions making on education.
The communique signed by the forum’s chairman and Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum said the council is also to adjudge performance and regulate admissions of students.
The proposed council which is to be headed by the Bauchi state commissioner of education, Dr. Aliyu Usman Tilde is also to regulate framework, human resource management and digitalization of the system, among others.
The decision of the forum on education is coming on the wheels of the need for the zone to aggressively reposition the sector, describing education as the major challenge bedeviling the North East zone.
Governors of Northeast sub-region noted with concern in the communique that the zone remains short-changed in capital appropriation in the 2021 federal budget.
They observed that the precarious situation of the sub-region requires aggressive infrastructural intervention to defeat the insurgency and build the resilience of the communities.
To this end, the communique said, there is the need for the federal government to make adequate allocation for capital projects for the sub-region in the build up to the supplementary budget which is the only appropriation window to redress the apparent injustice to the region.
The Forum expressed delight with the selection of some roads in the sub-region to benefit from the Presidential Executive Order 07, to be constructed by Dangote Group and Lafarge/Ashaka.
It however advised for value in implementation of the projects, and called on the authorities concerned to maintain consultations with the sub-nationals, especially state governments while choosing beneficiaries of such Orders in the future.
The meeting reiterated its support for the North East Development Commission (NEDC) and urged it to fast track the process of development of a Masterplan for its activities within the Sub-region.
The forum also enjoined the commission to work closely with the state governments on areas of intervention as, according to it, this would aid priority identification, close the needs gap and support project implementation.