Jonathan has delivered on education – PDP

Olisa Metuh

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it is proud of its numerous achievements in the education sector, particularly the record performance of President Goodluck Jonathan in the sector in the last four years.

The party, which reviewed the gains and challenges of the sector against the performance of the present administration, urged Nigerians to vote for President Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election to guarantee the future of education in the country.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Monday said the PDP has in the last 15 years, progressively grown the education sector as a social instrument for national development and integration through vigorous implementation of broad-based policies in keeping with its manifesto and ideology.

The PDP saluted the President for accelerating the development of education at all levels in the last four years, noting, that “President Jonathan has not only repositioned the public school system but has also provided the enabling environment for greater participation of private individuals and agencies in the delivery of education services under government regulation.

“This is in addition to the massive rehabilitation and upgrade of federal government-owned schools as well as the three-pronged programmes of the Almajiri Education System, the first of its kind; the Girl-Child Education and Back-to-School programmes, all of which have drastically reduced the out-of-school children profile in the country, particularly in the north.

“The 150 Almajiri schools across the Northern states and the Out-of-School-Children Programme including Specialised Boys and Girls Schools across the country have given meaning to the lives of hitherto despaired children.

“Under Jonathan’s watch, enrollment in basic schools has increased from 23 million in 2010 to 29 million in 2012 and still growing. In the same vein, enrollment in colleges of education has increased from 620, 000 in 2011 to 750,000 in 2013. Also the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) established by the PDP is expanding to 250, 000 enrollment annually.

“To guarantee enhanced access to university education, President Jonathan established 14 new universities, (9 in the northern states of Kogi, Taraba, Jigawa, Gombe, Nasarawa, Katsina, Yobe, Kebbi and Zamfara States and 3 in the southern states of Ebonyi, Bayelsa and Ekiti) including two specialized Police and Maritime universities, thereby ensuring that all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory have a federal university.

“Of course, the number of private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions has also doubled as a result of the education-friendly environment created by the PDP-led Federal Government. This is in
addition to the establishment of new NCE awarding institutions and upgrade of strategic polytechnics for enhanced service delivery in the country.

“Again, in line with its commitment to the proper funding of the sector, the Federal Government has almost tripled education allocation from N224 billion in 2007 to N634 billion in 2013.

“This has been complemented with the creation of special intervention agencies such as TETFund and the special NEEDS assessment fund through which over N500 billion has been spent on various projects to increase access and improve the quality of infrastructure at the tertiary level of our education system.

“To guarantee quality education, the Jonathan administration has also sponsored over 5, 867 lecturers of federal and state tertiary institutions for post-graduate studies, out of which 1,375 were
sponsored overseas.

“School curriculum was also reviewed in line with national development objectives while public-private partnership was strengthened with major publishers for the development of basic and senior secondary school textbooks.”

Stating that President Jonathan’s performance in the sector cuts across the entire spectrum of education in the country, the PDP said the record of achievements would not have been possible if not for the meticulous implementation of policies by the administration and the support of
well-meaning Nigerians.

The PDP therefore charged Nigerians to continue to support President Jonathan and ensure that the gains already recorded in the sector are consolidated by voting en-masse for the PDP in the 2015 general elections.

Signed:

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary


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  • Amir

    ThIs PDP is a joke. With less than 10% of the federal budget, president Jonathan has delivered on education even as lecturers were on strike for most of last year. What a deluded LEADERSHEEP!

  • Wähala

    Olisa Metuh lying thru clenched teeth in desperation. Struggling to point out Dumbo’s achievements after 6yrs wasted years. Education sector ba? How many of those 14 “Jakande Universities” are fully equipped and running as places of higher learning today? Metuh forgot that a Bayelsa State student is stranded because of non-payment of fees in a US university, yet, the bald-headed liar is here mouthing off about federal scholarships. Nothing but, “Gbese Scholarship” awards, ignore Oly Metuh… he’s a career liar! Fact is, 90% of law school students flunked their final exams in 2014; 73% of WAEC candidates failed flat; Univ. Lecturers were on strike for most of last-n-dis year. And about 85% of those who managed to graduate from Metuh’s revamped Education Secctor are unemployable or cannot find jobs… so, what’s the sense in telling us enrollment numbers into Almajiri Colleges of Edducation? Olisa Metuh has completely lost it. Mad like a hatter! The truth of the sector is: Gov-Candidate Nyesom Wike hijacked all the money meant to improve the Education Ministry to prosecute his Guber ambitions. That’s the money he’s blowing around in Pitakwa, to the extend of even an ex-Gov, Peter Odili, blowing the vuvuzela for a piece of the stolen cake. PDP have nothing to display on education. Hahaha! Abegi, don’t mind nwa nna Metuh, biko… Another Nnewi Clown

    • Sf-Ojo Emmanuel Adediran

      This is what the minister has to say on GEJ’s achievements within this critical sector…..

      Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Saturday said investment
      in tertiary education by the administration of President Goodluck
      Jonathan supersede what was invested in the sector in the past two
      decades.
      Shekarau who spoke at an interactive session with newsmen in Kano, said the administration made available money for universities and other tertiary institutions to access.
      He
      said; “We used to have ETF and this had been going for years, and Mr.
      President observed that not much had been realised. So he came up with a
      very pragmatic approach and separated the components in a manner that
      the tertiary institutions alone will be focused for some specific years.
      And, this is why hardly will you find a tertiary institution, be it
      state owned or federal government owned, without a TETFUND project going
      on.
      “In fact, the situation we are having now is that the allocation
      made to these universities is there waiting for the institutions to
      access, especially this year. Two years ago, the allocation to
      universities was just about N200 million. But this year, every public
      university collected an allocation of N910 million, every polytechnic
      collected an allocation of N650 million and every college of education
      collected N550 million. This I have done with my own hand in the past
      three months,” Shekarau said.
      He added: “And going by records, the investment made at the tertiary level by TETFUND in the past three years outweighs, by far, the investment made in the last two decades.”
      Shekarau
      said one of the main reasons of the interactive session was to honour
      some selected members of his ‘Adaidaita Sahu’ societal reorientation
      programme, which he started when he was the governor of Kano State.
      He
      also recounted the achievements of the federal government in the
      education sector where, he said, the establishment of new universities
      and other tertiary institutions raised enrolment significantly. He
      attributed the establishment of 127 Tsangaya schools in the North to the
      present administration’s strive to provide citizens access to basic
      education.

      • Wähala

        Talk is free, pal.
        It’s not about what anybody in the PDP says, it’s about what the empirical data says and the figures I gave cannot be impeached. Dumbo also says the next four years will be paradise-on-earth for Nigerians… but judging by the last 6yrs is what Nigerians have to go by. Words are never enough thus, “Action speaks more than words” cliché. Does Dumbo himself sound/act like an educated man to you… talk true?

  • Thetwin

    Nigerians have in the past allowed themselves to be taken for a ride by not standing up to their responsibility of taking charge of their future and that of their children. But now we are beginning to see the light, Nigerians are becoming more conscious of their duty to their country. No body will any longer take us for a ride by virtue of occupying a public office. We have had enough and our votes will and must count this time around. Federal universities were on strike for almost a year, polytechnics had to miss an entire session, colleges of education were not left out, education in the northeast has witnessed a historic decline. All under an administration that promised us heaven on earth if we vote them. The time is up for PDP now, change has come that will liberate us Nigerians.

  • Sf-Ojo Emmanuel Adediran

    Chief Olisa Metuh has said it all.

    EDUCATION is the process of cultivating the human person and inculcating in him
    or her qualities that differentiate us from other animals. Whether
    formal or informal, education makes it possible for the individual not
    only to understand him or herself, but also able to interact with other
    people and the society in which he or she lives. It is through education
    that we become social, political and moral beings; that we are able to
    develop ourselves and contribute to the collective wellbeing of
    society. That is what makes education the only priceless treasure that
    we can bequeath to the next generation.

    Dr. Goodluck Ebele
    Jonathan is the first President of Nigeria to have been educated to the
    level of a doctorate degree. And, he was a lecturer at the Rivers State
    College of Education before going into politics. It could, therefore,
    be said that Jonathan knows the value of education for the development
    of society and that he is fully aware that, without education, there can
    be no meaningful development in such areas as physical infrastructure,
    power, agriculture, intellectual skills and such other attributes,
    generally referred to as society’s human capitals.

    Although
    education is on the concurrent list, meaning that the responsibility is
    shared between the federal, state and local governments, basic education
    is constitutionally within the purview of the state government and
    local councils. Historically, in Nigeria, education, at all levels, has
    always been faced by challenges rooted in our colonial heritage. The
    educational system itself was part of a larger colonial package,
    introduced into the country by our erstwhile colonial masters. Due to a
    number of factors- cultural, social and political- its development was
    not uniformly spread to all regions or states of the federation.
    Consequently, there has been an imbalance in the education development
    of various parts of the country.

    To tackle the imbalance in favour
    of those regions of the country that are educationally disadvantaged,
    there have been policies such as the federal character/quota system of
    admission and special interventions aimed at developing basic and
    tertiary education in such areas. Even in the so-called educationally
    advantaged areas of the country, access to education remains limited and
    inadequate. Clearly, therefore, education will, for a long time to
    come, remain on the priority list of any administration that is
    genuinely committed to serving the people of this country.

    Jonathan
    was already an educator long before he became a politician. His
    commitment to the education sector could, therefore, be said to be
    natural. Indeed, there has never been any government as committed to
    the development of education as that of Jonathan. Not only does
    education occupy a key position in his Transformation Agenda, remarkable
    achievements have already been recorded in less than three years
    since he assumed office.

    It is easy to underestimate Jonathan’s
    achievements in the education sector, without an idea of the magnitude
    of the challenges he inherited. Estimates had it that in 2011, there
    were as many as 10.5 million out-of-school children roaming our streets,
    that a large number of the children took to hawking and such other
    menial jobs for economic reasons and that the existing education
    institutions, both basic and tertiary, lacked the necessary teaching
    tools and equipment.

    The statistics also showed, for instance,
    that out of the huge number of candidates seeking admission to the
    nation’s universities each year, only an average of 5.2% was able to
    gain access. What the figures show is that there has been an acute
    shortage of education facilities, skills and personnel in the Nigerian
    education system. It is, however, important to add that these problems
    have been due to years of neglect of the system at all levels.

    Jonathan’s
    Transformation Agenda has, with equal intensity, been targeted at both
    the basic and tertiary sub-sectors of the education system. In addition
    to increased budgetary allocations, there have been special programmes
    and interventions, the results which have taken the sector to new
    heights. A few cases are worth mentioning: Under the Almajiri education
    programme, 125 day and boarding schools are being constructed in 27
    states, while their equivalents, the Back-to-School Special Vocational
    Schools in the South-East and South-South are being established, mainly
    to cater to the boy-trader in the two zones.

    More importantly,
    special girl schools are also under construction in 13 states of the
    federation, in addition to some 100 Innovative Enterprise Institutions
    which have been licensed to provide alternative access to higher
    education through the acquisition of technical and vocational skills.
    The main goal of these intervention programmes is to reduce the 10.5
    million out-of-school children. The overall outcome of these
    interventions has been an increase in the enrolment into basic schools
    from 23 million in 2010 to 29 million in 2012.

    At the tertiary
    level, the Federal Government has established 12 new universities (9 in
    the North, 3 in the South) to enhance access for thousands of candidates
    who seek admission into Nigerian universities annually. Jonathan
    deserves commendation for other interventions such as the Book Fund, the
    Presidential Special Scholarships for Innovation and Development,
    PRESSID, in which 101 beneficiaries are now undergoing training in 25
    top universities in the world, and the sponsorship of over 7,000
    lecturers of federal and state tertiary institutions for post-graduate
    (mostly PhD) training, home and abroad.

    Another aspect of
    Jonathan’s transformation of Nigerian universities is his success in
    upgrading their modes of learning, through facilities, including a video
    conferencing system, centralised in the NUC, which is capable of
    connecting all the universities. Currently, 27 federal universities have
    been hooked to the system and connected to the wider world. It enables
    lecturers and students from all over the world share information and
    academic resources.

    It is worth mentioning that the Jonathan
    administration recently earmarked the injection of N1.3 trillion into
    the Nigerian university system in the next six years to fund the
    revitalisation of infrastructure and key programmes that would
    revolutionise the nation’s universities.

    Already, the
    transformation process is on and our universities have started working.
    So also are the nation’s polytechnics and colleges of education. A
    scheme of High Impact Fund has been established by the Federal
    Government to support all tertiary institutions, and it has made
    available the provision of N1 billion to each of the nation’s
    polytechnics and colleges of education. Since 2011, the number of
    National Certificate of Education (NCE) awarding institutions has
    increased from 96 to 124 and student enrolment from 620,000 in 2011 to
    750,000 in 2013.

    In addition to the funds invested through the
    various intervention programmes, the statutory budgetary allocation to
    education has almost tripled from N224 billion to N634 billion, between
    2007 and 2013. Much of it has been under Jonathan. As an indication
    that the Nigerian education system is being successfully transformed,
    the World Bank recently designated 10 Nigerian public and private
    universities (out of the 18 African centres that competed) as Centres of
    Excellence for Outstanding Research Programme in the areas of societal
    development. There could not have been a better recognition that
    Nigerian universities have improved substantially in terms of facilities
    and academic programmes, in the past three years.

  • Contact Point

    I have stopped reading the madness been exhibited by Methuselah in the name of press release, because what this demented man does is nothing to be taunt Nigerians. Which education is he talking about? For 15 years that PDPig has been in power, academic calendar has been thwarted and redrawn severally just because of policy somersault, yet they said that they have delivered. Nonsense.

  • the truth

    This is even an understatement. Those in ground can’t forget the pledge jonathan made in 2010, when he said the fg would locate a tertiary institution in each state. 27 universities built in 5 years by the gej administration no be beans. This is not even counting the almajiri schools and other spheres.If anybody has achieved this feet before in 4 years please tell me. But people who are not on ground or have not been in nigeria in years would criticize, they do not criticize constructively but for the sake of hatred. With this people even if gej is endorsed by GOD they would criticize GOD

  • Chinedu Nwosu

    One of my favourite so far on Education by GEJ is developing more schools for the almajiris and this make one wonders what their so called Northerner Elites where doing in 38 yrs of their leadership. Ride on Sir.

  • JSA1

    Congrats! Hadiza. May God Almighty guide you through out the period He will keep you in charge of NPA. We all know how serious and incorruptible your late father was. In fact, though I have never come close to him, I have read about him severally and watch him speak at various lectures and public fora where he was invited as the guest speaker. In fact, Nigeria will miss him a great deal. When I heard of his death few years ago, I suspected some politicians who are afraid of this fire brand lecturer and public speaker were at it, but I leave all things to God Almighty who gives and takes. Once again, congratulations and never let the confidence reposed in you be thrown to the gutter. We love you and may God Almighty, be with you. Long live, FRN, Long Live, PMB!

  • Lanre

    Nonsense. Let us see how long this game will continue. The same way Rilwanu Lukman, Sani Abacha, Ibrahim Babangida, Muhammudu Buhari were the best. Every one is entitled to his or her own opinion. Not to your facts. The fact is that Nigeria will never see progress. Never. This nepotistic appointment which I know will go unchallenged because Nigerians have been turned into docile fodder for monumental suffering, is the most brainless act to come from Nigeria. Ranked with the annulment of the June 12 election, the murder of Bashorun M.K.O Abiola, the attempt by Obasanjo to go for a third term, the spiriting away and hiding of the corpse of Umaru Yar’adua, Nigeria is best described as the playground of evil, devilish souls who conjure the worst for her citizens.
    Port administration is not the reward for bedroom shenanigans, irresponsible display of fatal attraction to the opposite sex, careless disregard for the sensitivities of resource management. How many ports are in the North? Why are Northerners filling up marine, water, sea-based infrastructure? The answer is clear. Nigeria. Where the Hausa-Fulani lord it over others and the current leaders of other ethnic groups – Tinubu, Oyegun, Okorocha, Amaechi, Fayemi, Oshiomole – acquiesce for the sake of filthy lucre. May we not lose our birthright and turn into slaves due to greed.

  • Richard Wall

    The funny thing is that the people who are criticising the appointment of this lady ,Hadiza Usman , as the MD of NPA are the usual suspects, the igbos, who see nothing in anything PMB does. They have been making the usual noise and claiming that Hadiza is not qualified to be the MD of NPA , yet when Osita Chidoka was appointed the Corps Marshall of Federal Road Safety Commission at the age of 36, with no experience whatsover, in that field , the same igbos were hailing his appointment as well deserved , and referring to Chidoka as a whizz kid. How pathetic.

    Please find here under the profile of Osita Chidoka :

    “Born in Obosi, Anambra state on July 18, 1971, Ositadinma Benjamin Chidoka is one who has been in public service for most of his working life. After a stint at the Federal Capital Development Authority in 1996, Chidoka, who graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1995 with a degree in Management went on to work from 1997 to 1998 as Personal Assistant to the Minister of State, Ministry of Works and Housing. In 2000, Osita Chidoka worked again as Personal Assistant, this time to the Minister of Transport, Chief Ojo Maduekwe. He held this position until 2003 when his boss became the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Legal Matters and Chidoka became his Special Assistant.

    After leaving public service in 2006, Chidoka moved to Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation, where he was made the Senior Advisor, Government and Business Relations, a position which saw him still hobnobbing with the government of the day. It was from his position at Mobil that, in 2007, he was appointed as Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Commission, at the age of 36, making him the youngest ever to occupy the office.”

    END OF QUOTE

    Please in what way is Chidoka more qualified than Hadiza Usman?

    igbos should please stop disturbing us with their noise.

    Congrats Hadiza Usman. Even though I dont know you , based on your profile and your parentage , I believe that you will be a success in your new position.

    Please dont disappoint us.

    All the best.

  • Galantman

    This watery publicity stunt is a complete disaster and it has only helped in exposing the weakness in the system of appointments under this Government. All the credentials put forward did not add up to what Nigerians expect from this Government. This is not a PDP, But APC Government and we were promised change not cronyism. For those of us die hard Buharist we are left shocked, confused , dejected, and we felt used and dumbed. For the first time my mentor has goofed big time and I will say it loud and clear. So all the millions of Northerners who are well educated with vast experience , and impeccable integrity are not worth been appointment because they do not know nobody and are not connected to those in Government. I do not have anything against this gentle young woman, but the truth must be told. Yes we need the young people to be given opportunities but not in such a big highly technical and sensitive place like this. All the same I wish her Allah guidance.
    On a lighter note, I will be pasting my CV on all the street lights, walls and tress in Abuja, perhaps one day, mr president will glance out of the window, see and give me a political appointment , since you must be a known face first! Haba.