Falling Standard of Education: NEC sets up strategy committee

Falling Standard of Education: NEC sets up strategy committee

The National Economic Council (NEC) Thursday in Abuja threw its weight behind the Federation Account Allocation Committee’s (FAAC) decision to reject the remittance by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into the Federation Account in May.

The Wednesday meeting of the committee had ended in a stalemate as the NNPC failed to show up after failing to respond to the request of the committee to be more forthcoming with its operational accounts and remittances.

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The corporation, in a statement Thursday, had also defended itself over alleged shadowy accounting, contending that the obstinacy of the nation’s 36 state governors was responsible for the prevailing stalemate.

But briefing journalists in the State House Thursday at the end of the monthly NEC meeting, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said NNPC’s remittance fell below expectation and was consequently rejected by FAAC.

In his own briefing, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said he presented to the council the strategy plan of the ministry to revamp education at all levels in the country.

Adamu said the council observed that the standard of basic education at the state level has fallen drastically and consequently constituted a committee comprising the governors of Kano, Osun, Delta, Anambra, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and the Minister of Education.

According to him, the committee was mandated to look into what needs to be urgently done in the education sector at the state level and report its findings back to the council.

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