AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HON. OLAJIDE JIMOH, THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, YABA LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREA AT THE EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS MEETING AND INTERRACTIVE SESSION HELD ON WEDNESDAY 16TH MAY, 2012
“Action may not always being happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
- Benjamin Disraeli
The need to bring together most of the stakeholders in the education sector is lucidly demonstrated in Disraeli’s words quoted above. If Nigeria must take its rightful place in the comity of nations, then, we must take urgent steps to stem the decline in the standard of education in this country. The role of stakeholders in this regard cannot be over-emphasized. There is no doubt that every class of stakeholders has a crucial role to play. However, it cannot be said with an air of finality that all of us know what to do in achieving the desired Eldorado.
The 1999 constitution placed responsibilities of primary school education on the laps of Local Governments. In addition to this, Section 2, sub Section 1 of the compulsory, free Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act of 2004 also conferred legitimacy on the Local Governments to make available “free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary school age”. The UBE Act provides the opportunity for the Federal, State and Local Governments to collaborate in the financing and monitoring of primary and junior secondary education in Nigeria.
It is in compliance with this Act that today’s forum has been convened. The following stakeholders are therefore adequately represented: the Schools, the Community, Teachers, Parents-Teacher’s Associations, Pupils, Old Student’s Associations as well as the Local Government.
We envisage a brain storming session, one that will not only mark out and identify roles of various stakeholders, but a solution-proffering session. It is not enough for us to beam a searchlight on the multifarious, multi-pronged problems afflicting our education sector, we must be able to proffer long lasting, practicable solutions to them. The words of Leo F. Buscaglia are worthy of note here: “Don’t spend your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place? It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is : How can I make it better.”
On our part, we have committed and are still committing huge sums of money to bring qualitative education to the doorsteps of our people. The primary schools we built are of international standard. Some of them are, Myoung Barracks Primary School, All Saints Primary School, and Talim-Islamiyah Primary School. We have paid for examination forms, organized exam coaching classes, established youth parliament and organized spelling bee competition. We have supplied customized school bags and exercise books among others.
As we speak, construction works are on-going in various schools across the Local Council Development Area. We are poised for more action as we have made education one of the priorities of this administration.
I hereby appeal that we should make this forum as interactive as possible. Let each person say his or her mind. Those who know should teach those who do not know. It is refreshing that a guest lecturer is billed to address the gathering. There is no substitute to knowledge. M.C. Richards has put it succinctly: “A Knowledge of the path cannot be substituted for putting one foot in front of the other”. I wish you a fruitful deliberation.
Thank you and God bless.
EKO O NI BAJE
You Are Blessed Always (YABA)
Dignitaries at the interractive session Hon Jide Jimoh and the guest lecturer at the occasion.
Cross section of the stakeholders The Student Parliamentarians at the interractive session
Members of Student Parliament. Hon Jide Jimoh and dignitaries in a group
in a group Photograph Photograph with members of Student Parliament.