Written by Godfrey AKON

Nigeria made appreciable progress on MDGs - Adamu

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has said Nigeria made appreciable progress on the implementation of education-related Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, before its 2015 dateline.

Adamu, who stated this at a 3-day implementation status meeting of 2015 MDGs projects and programmes held in Abuja, last week, noted that progress was made particularly on the areas of universal access to education and gender equality.

Represented by the director of tertiary in the ministry, Mrs. Hindatu Abdullahi, the minister however noted the disruption caused by Boko Haram attacks on many schools, leaving a large population of internally displaced school children.

Adamu stressed the vital role played by education in the attainment of economic growth and development, adding that the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, were broad ideals of the international community to reduce hunger, poverty, disease, gender inequality and lack of basic infrastructure.

“We all know that education is an essential tool for achieving sustainable economic growth and development.

“Indeed, no country can achieve sustainable economic growth without development of human resources,” he said.

The minister urged the 2015 MDGs beneficiaries in the education sector to be transparent and resourceful in the implementation of outstanding projects and programmes that would promote development and peace.

He disclosed that the Federal Government has initiated various social safety nets such as school feeding and safe school project, while calling on principals of Unity Colleges to work collectively to alleviate the challenges of internally displaced school children.

Also speaking, the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, urged stakeholders in the education sector to brace-up for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

Represented by Prof. Godswill Obioma, Anwukah said education is given prominence in the SDGs, therefore stakeholders in the sector should ensure that their projects and programmes add value to human capital development initiatives of government.

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