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Monday, January 18, 2016

Ezekwesili, Falana charge lawyers on corruption, education standard

Nigerian news report on education

According to the Vanguard report, former Minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili has called for an efficient educational system in the country, lamenting that the Federal Ministry of Education lacked an updated data of secondary schools in the country as at the time she took over the helm of affairs.

Ezekwesili, who is also the coordinator of Bring Back Our Girls Forum, spoke at the annual Gani Fawehinmi Lecture entitled: “The Collapse of Public Education And The Past, Present And Future, Prospects Of The Nigeria State,” organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja branch.

According to Ezekwesili, the state of education in the country needs holistic reform to meet the international standard reminiscent of the old good days.

She disclosed that up to 2006, the Ministry of Education did not have the updated information on the total number of secondary schools in the country.

According to her, “In 2006/2007, one of the most shocking thing to discover was that a comprehensive inspection of school has not been undertaken for more than two and half decades. Though we were the ministry of education that supposed to be regulating, but what are we regulating when we don’t have updated information on the number of schools we supervise?”

In his remarks, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, challenged the NBA to enhance the fight against corruption by partnering with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Falana said: “The NBA should aid the EFCC in it’s fight against corruption because the EFCC should not be alone in this fight. The NBA should aid the EFCC to ensure that any individual that has taken a kobo from the $320 million Abacha loot should be held accountable. The sharing of the Abacha loot is a typical example of thieves stealing from thieves.”

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