How we empowered some citizens to make recommendations to the Honourable Minister of Education in Nigeria
On: November 20, 2019
The outcry of citizens about the failure of the government in performing their obligations has always been a trend in Nigeria. Today, if you take a look at social media, you will read complaints like “the schools in my community are not good and the government is not doing anything about it” many Nigerians now face reality in hopelessness.
In November 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Adamu Adamu, a well-known journalist, as the minister for education. His major role among others was to formulate educational policies that would foster the development of the country but his four years in office were questioned by many unsatisfied citizens, who could not see a major positive change in the educational sector of the country. As fate would have it, he was re-appointed as the Minister of Education for a second term. We saw this as an opportunity for the minister to fulfil his promise of improving the country’s state of education.
There are many challenges within the education sector that require urgent attention from the government. So, we made a call urging citizens to submit ideas and recommendations on what the Minister should focus on during his first 180 days in office. Using the I Take Actions platform, 35 active citizens submitted recommendations. These recommendations were compiled and submitted to the Minister of Education and also to the Director of Basic Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja. It is our hope that these recommendations would contribute to the ministry’s efforts in providing quality education in Nigeria. The recommendations can be downloaded here.