LAGOS BEGINS IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW EDUCATION POLICY
In fulfilment of its campaign promise of improved infrastructure renewal in public schools to make teaching/learning environment more conducive for better performance, Lagos State government has commenced the implementation of a new educational policy initiative tagged, 3600 Education Policy, which would promote the growth of functional and qualitative education across the State.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Idiat OlurantiAdebule disclosed this recently at a Two-Day retreat/meeting organised by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) to review the State Educational Development Agenda and Opportunities held at Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Town, Lagos.
Adebule stated that the new policy, when fully implemented will make teaching and learning environment more conducive for the total education of school children, stressing that the new model would ensure that public schools are fully equipped with the state-of-the-art learning facilities.
The Deputy Governor, who is also in charge of the Education Ministry in the State, added that the newly approved school building under the new policy would provide spaces for visual and literary arts, sciences, visual and expressive school history, library and media centres, sports/play ground, ICT unit and other facilities necessary for quality teaching and learning.
Adebule hinted that the State Executive Council has approved the new policy for implementation in the State, adding that government would ensure a significant improvement in teaching methods and staff quality including the introduction of technology based instructional tools to achieve enhanced performance in all public schools in the State.
While expressing confidence that the new 3600 Education Policy is an initiative that will raise the standard of education, Adebule assured that the present administration will partner notable quality education support organisations such as the Department for International Development (DFID), Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) and Developing Effective Private Education in Nigeria (DEEPEN) among others in order to ensure success of its educational policies.
According to her, “the implementation of our 3600 education policy will not be complete without active partnership with support organisations such as DFID, ESSPIN, and DEEPEN whose partnership and collaborations has been of key importance to the attainment of modest educational performance outcomes in the State”.
She reaffirmed government commitment to the implementation of sustainable educational development policies in the State including adequate welfare for its teaching staff, noting that the very huge amount allocated to education in the 2016 budget was a demonstration of government desire for improvement and positive change in the education sector.
Dr. Adebule promised that the Ministry of Education, under her watch, will ensure successful implementation of laudable educational programmes that will re-position the status of education in the State.
While calling on all stakeholders in the education sector to double their efforts to achieve government desire for success in the sector, she urged members and leaders of various Community Development Associations (CDAs) to join hands and support government initiatives by ensuring adequate protection for schools infrastructure in their areas so that government huge investment in education will not be a waste.
Earlier in her opening remarks, DFID South/West Acting Regional Co coordinator, Mrs. Margaret Fagboyo stated that the Two-Day retreat/meeting was organised as part of the measures to partner the State in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in education, which is crucial to the attainment of other developments.
She said her organization will continue to support the State Government in the planning and implementation of its policies in education because of its important position as a role model State in the country.
MARKET FORCES SHOULD DETERMINE EXCHANGE RATE – AMBODE
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has said that for a virile economy, the naira exchange rate must be allowed to respond to other macroeconomic changes in the economy.
He stated this at the weekend while delivering his keynote address at the Nigerian Economic Outlook 2016 organised by the Net-Works Business Club, an exclusive Christian Business Club promoted by Redeem Christian Church of God (City of David Parish) with the aim of providing a platform to empower people towards the realization of their business potentials.
The Governor, who was represented as the Special Guest at the forum by the Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, expressed confidence in the regime of President Buhari to combat the fiscal failures of the past administration, which, he said, was responsible for the economy downturn we are experiencing following the crash in the price of crude oil – our major source of revenue.
He, however, noted that the current policies must be time bound and give way for a more sustainable exchange rate policy that will bring confidence back to the system, stressing that any attempt to manage the exchange rates will create further distortions in the system which is akin to solving one problem while creating others in the process.
Ambode urged the Central Bank to listen to the various calls by well meaning Nigerians by clarifying its long term strategy for market determined exchange rate policy which he said are genuine and should be addressed as soon as possible.
The Governor insist that, contrary to general belief, the current currency crisis is not a Nigerian phenomenon as all developing countries whose growth in the last decade was hinged on commodity boom are going through same problem which include exchange rate depreciation; rising unemployment and shrinking GDP.
He, however, express his cautious optimism that oil prices will rebound in the medium term as it is not in the interest of most countries for oil prices to fall indefinitely, noting that with rapid decline in exchange rates, some countries that are oil importers are now realizing that falling oil prices have not paid off as expected.
While commending the Federal Government for towing the line of Lagos State in making efforts to increase its Internally Generated Revenue, Ambode emphasised that the most important lesson that must be learnt from the fallen oil prices is the need to diversify our economy by looking inward.
He averred that the solid minerals sector is acknowledged as a viable alternative to oil and gas for foreign exchange earnings, adding that the National Bureau of Statistics has made us to understand that the contribution of Solid Minerals to the IGR which stood at 1% in 2014 has the potential of increasing to 10% by 2020.