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Why Nigeria Can’t Achieve Sustainable National Development –Dickson

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 6:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma Yenagoa


Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has identified lack of political will to implement educational policies and programmes as the bane of sustainable national development. He has therefore called on all tiers of government in the country to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

Dickson was speaking when participants of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Course 37, Kuru, Jos in Plateau State, visited him in Yenagoa. He said successive governments had over the years failed to invest appropriately in the sector.

Dickson said the education sector was plagued by infrastructural decay, stressing that schools that had produced great leaders of the nation at various times were not spared.

He emphasised that human capacity development is the most important resource as true sustainable prosperity will remain a mirage in Nigeria if governments continue to place high premium on harnessing natural resources at the expense of education.

The governor noted that although the country was faced with a myriad of problems, including inadequate power supply, the nation would  make appreciable progress when the desired attention was given to human capacity development.

Intimating the NIPSS study team of some of his administration’s achievements in the education sector, Dickson also called for training and retraining of teachers to improve human capacity development.

He said, “Quite frankly, there is no more pressing national problem than we all need to solve the challenge of repositioning the education system.

“Whether you talk about the challenge of terrorism, militancy and any other situation that have made our country a laughing stock and dislocations within us, you can’t be far from tracing the major cause to the abandonment of education.

“We are of the view that governments over the years appear not to have paid sufficient attention to investing in education which alone has the capacity to guarantee our future as a people.

“ It is very sad in this country that even educational institutions that have produced presidents and other national leaders have been allowed to deteriorate.

“I am not holding any particular government or regime responsible but this is what I have found as our collective malaise.”

In his remarks, the  Leader of NIPSS, Course 37 Team, Kuru, Jos, Major General Johny Hamakim said they were in Bayelsa to identify peculiar problems facing the education sector in the state in line with a presidential mandate to the institute for the current year.