Following the recent calls to return schools to the missionaries, where sound educational character would be molded for a secured future in the country, Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has advocated for synergy between government and private individuals to rescue the nation educational sector.
He said good education should not be left in the care of government alone, while suggesting a middle ground where private sector would invest more in the delivery of sound education to the nation future leaders.
He made this public at the recently held Ziks Lecture, organized by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, sponsored by Senator Ben Obi, former Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathna on Inter –Party Affairs.
In the bid to restore the nation educational sector and achieve an improved academic turnout, Former Vice President Atiku Abaubakar has charged government to ensure basic education is made free to enable every Nigerian child have access to qualitative education.
He faulted the manner of charging school pupils all sorts by government and educational institutes, submitted that the best thing any nation could give to its people is by providing free and qualitative education to all pupils from primary one to senior secondary school three to access.
He blamed the poor performances of Nigerian school pupils on the inept of their leaders to see education as its priority on providing qualitative education which is one of the basic necessities needed of them by the citizenry.
He called the leaders of all tiers of government to ensure the care of the nation educational sector is handled by professionals.
He maintained that there should be a room for basic comparison among students of African countries to enable them improve in the trend of global technological development.
The former Vice president however expressed hope that the country would surprise the world, if qualitative investment is allocated to develop the nation educational sector and enjoined private individuals to see selves as partner in progress in molding characters in Nigerian children who would in turn take over from the present generation.