PRESIDENT JONATHAN DID WELL - MINISTER
By Favour Nnabugwu
ABUJA-Minister of State for Education, Barr Nyesom Wike has commended President Goodluck Jonathan on his decision to immortalise Chief M.K.O. Abiola nine years after he fought for the country's democracy by renaming the university of Lagos after him.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday, the minister said that President Jonathan did what past administrations could not do arguing that Moshood Abiola deserves to be honoured as a symbol of democracy.
According to him, 'This government has also shown commitment to take on the challenges frontally, a thing that other previous governments were not able to do. From the decision taken by President Jonathan to name UNILAG after Chief MKO Abiola, this is also a clear signal that the president will right all the wrongs that had happened in the past.
The Minister noted that the criticisms that trailed the one year administration of President Jonathan was rather too hasty, saying 'majority of Nigerians dwell more on criticism, rather than proffering solutions to myriad of challenges bedeviling the country', noting that the education sector is currently witnessing a turn-around owing to changes in policies.'
He said, 'Nigerians forget too easily that all of us are from this country, nobody is claiming to have the Midas touch to transform the country in such a short period of time, but this administration is the only one that has come out fully to say we must provide basic education, among others'
'We must first appreciate the fact that something is being done, I say this because, a visit to some of our Unity Schools will reveal the absence of libraries. One cannot be talking of quality education when there are no libraries or good learning infrastructures, in such situation putting these infrastructures in place will be the natural thing to do before you begin to await the impact'.