Written by Godfrey AKON

FG kicks off education sector reforms

The Federal Government has said it is currently implementing reforms in the education sector to boost the delivery of services to Nigerians.

Speaking at a One-day Sensitisation Workshop on Reform Agenda and Awareness Campaign on Self-values Orientation for Directors of the Education Ministry and Parastatals in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, said substantial progress has already been made in the reform process.

Echono said the reforms were in line with the reform agenda of the current administration being implemented in all sectors.

He noted that the reform agenda of government was gathering momentum in all sectors of national life, urging all in the education sector to come together to review their performance in line with government’s directives in every department and parastatal.

“We are committed, as a government, to improve service delivery to our people; we are also committed to blocking leakages, to reducing waste, to minimising idle time and to ensure that the limited resources placed at our disposal are used in a prudent and judicious manner to better the lives of our people,” he said.

He stated that the education sector was not only saddled with the responsibility of impacting knowledge and skills but also moulding the moral character and other attributes of the children placed in their disposal.

“We are also required at headquarter, to formulate policies and programmes that would advance the cause of national development, bearing in mind that education is the bedrock of all activities in our national development.

“We need to look inwards and see that given the difficult conditions we find ourselves, given the limited tools we have to do our work; how well are we applying ourselves, and what improvisation, what innovation, what extra effort are we making to ensure that we deliver our assignments on time, meet target and work under pressure as required?” he said.

Echono urged directors of various departments in the ministry and parastatals to imbibe a change of attitude in line with the federal government’s transformation agenda.

He stressed that for the country to achieve good governance, efficiency, self-value orientation and attitudinal change must be the watch word of staff at the directorate cadre, adding that a culture of discipline, punctuality, hard work in discharging official responsibility should be emphasised.









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