ADDRESS BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, SENATOR ISA MAINA AT THE EDUCATION SECRETARIAT’S ONE DAY MANAGEMENT CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, 25TH OCTOBER, 2017 IN ABUJA
ADDRESS BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION, SENATOR ISA MAINA AT THE EDUCATION SECRETARIAT’S ONE DAY MANAGEMENT CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, 25TH OCTOBER, 2017 IN ABUJA
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Saturday, 28 October 2017 17:08

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It is with a great sense of duty and responsibility that I welcome you all to this one day management consultative meeting of the Education Secretariat. As part of my familiarisation efforts after assumption of office about a month ago, I received briefs from the various departments and agencies of the Secretariat in order to better understand its workings, management structure, financial position as well as challenges and judging from what I have so far gathered, we indeed have a lot of work to do.

 

As a long - time resident and indeed a Senator that represented the FCT it will be safe to say that I have a fairly good understanding on the state of education in the FCT. I must confess that what I had always suspected was the unimpressive state of affairs in the sector have now been confirmed following our meetings and your briefings. It is therefore apparent that there needs to be the adoption of new strategies and I dare say a new orientation in our approach to delivering on our mandate which is, before all else, the provision of good quality educational services to the residents of the FCT.

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The Secretary for Education, Sen. Isa Maina delivering his address to officials of the Education Secretariat

We do not need to be reminded about the fragile nature of the Nigerian economy today as the effects are no doubt being felt by all both in our private and official capacities. There is therefore the need for us to adjust accordingly while not compromising the first rate services we are expected to provide. Our task today therefore is to begin the process of drawing a new roadmap for the re-building of educational structures of the FCT which may be captured in the 2018 FCT budget while taking into cognisance the realities and challenges of the time. Looking forward, we must set a new agenda which we must follow and implement if we are to raise the standard of education in the FCT and this can only be achieved if we understand why we must do things differently.

 

We must first of all appreciate the fact that the old ways of doing things are no longer sustainable neither are they feasible not only because of our now leaner resources but also because they have not enabled us to meet desired objectives. We must evolve new ways to meet those objectives and these must involve new work ethics, new senses of responsibility, better management of both human and material resources and perhaps above all the willingness to go over and above the call of duty. As a military man, I understand the essence and essentials of making sacrifices for the greater good. We must be willing to make those sacrifices or else we will continue to be stuck in this circle of inefficiency and dissatisfaction.

 

The essence of this meeting therefore is to give all of us the opportunity to work collectively as a team with a singular purpose of moving education in the FCT from where it currently is to where it should be. I want us to come up with implementable suggestions and reasonable timelines to deliver on our mandate with inbuilt mechanisms to measure and evaluate our successes or failures. I know that we will blame the usual suspects of lack of funds and or cumbersome bureaucratic processes but I want us to think out of the box and learn to work around these challenges. We should think of possible alternative sources of funding perhaps from donor agencies and even corporate organisations that are looking for where to build corporate social responsibilities portfolios. We should let them know that there is no better place to invest than in the education sector and no better location than in the FCT.

 

The time, ladies and gentlemen to work is now and I want you all to roll-up your sleeves and get into it. We will consider all reasonable ideas and suggestions and if need be, I will take knotty issues up to higher authorities.

 

I once more welcome you to this consultative meeting and may we have fruitful and productive deliberations.

 

I thank you for listening.

 

EDUCATION SECRETARIAT

25/10/2017

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