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Reps to convene national summit on tertiary education reform

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila says the house will convene a national summit on tertiary education this month.

The Speaker announced this while welcoming the members from their six weeks recess.

Mr. Gbajabiamila stated that the summit is an opportunity to begin the long overdue national conversation about the future of public tertiary education in Nigeria, as Scholars, tertiary education administrators, as well as local and international stakeholders, have been invited to submit papers on the theme of the summit: ”Re-imagining tertiary education in Nigeria, issues, challenges, and solutions”.

“The decisions we make in government are those that will ensure the vast population of young people in our country are educated and adequately equipped to participate productively in the modern global economy, to achieve this, we must ask and answer complex questions about the operating structure of our public tertiary institutions, sustainable funding, education quality and access”, he said.

According to him, the presentations and submissions will inform the policy recommendations of the summit and be published in a journal for policy action and academic reference.

The Speaker noted that public interest both within and outside Nigeria has been very impressive with several memoranda received from Oxford university and many other places.

Mr. Gbajabiamila therefore urged members of the House to participate in the crucial national conversation so that their experience, expertise and concerns would inform the policy recommendations that emerge from the Summit.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, Editing by Marian Benjamin and Annabel Nwachukwu