Arrangement has been concluded by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, NESG to dialogue with President Goodluck Jonathan on improving the education sector of the economy. The Supervising Minister, National Planning Commission, NPC, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, who disclosed this during the inauguration of the Joint Planning Committee, JPC, for the 20thNigerian Economic Summit (NES 20) in Lagos said, “ The education system is not performing as expected, so there is going to be presidential dialogue on the education system. The NES is a public private partnership arrangement that has been adopted and has yielded positive results over the years. In particular, the introduction of Transformation Agenda and the Nigeria Vision 20.2020 are living testimonies of this collaboration.”
He stated that the summit has grown to become the largest and most prestigious annual economic forum for policy makers and captains of industry from the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy, as well as representatives of the academia, civil society organizations and development partners. According to him, “The summit will provide a unique opportunity for the participants to discuss key issues and challenges facing the Nigerian economy, with a view to evolving a common strategy and policy framework for addressing it. The previous one, which was on agriculture, was very successful as the sector has been doing well. During the summit, issues were discussed on specific terms.
About 10 million farmers were registered, method and means of getting seeds, funding options such a longtime financing were all discussed. Dry season farming was flagged off by Mr. President after the summit.” Director General of NESG, Mr. Frank Nweke, said the 20thsummit to be hosted in Abuja from March 18 to 20, 2014, is of particular significant as it would be focusing on the education sector. According to him, “Education is without a doubt, the sector that holds the key to transformational national development and our ability to compete in the global marketplace and it is singularly the sector that has experienced the worst type of decline in ration to standards, quality and value.”