House of Reps holds education summit

From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

The House of Representatives on Monday held a National Summit on Tertiary Education Reform, to chart the education sector in the country.

The speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, while speaking at the summit, said the event was more than an effort to save tertiary education in the country. He added that the summit was actually how to save the country.

Gbajabiamila said ” as we are gathered here this morning, our cause is more than to seek solutions to the challenges of tertiary education in Nigeria. In fact, we are here today on a mission to save Nigeria.

“We must provide the resources to modernise and improve our education infrastructure and provide the right training for young people from primary through tertiary education. This goes to the heart of our survival as a nation and as a people. I say that because I believe our country will not survive long if our children cease to believe their best dreams are possible here. “

Meanwhile, a public affairs analyst, Haruna Mohammed,has faulted the appointment of Sani Tambuwal as the acting Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), by the National Assembly Service Commission ( NASC).

Mohammed, in a statement, said the appointment is allegedly a violation of the NASC Act 2014, which specifies the succession plan for the office of the CNA.

According to him, the organogram of the National Assembly puts the Clerk of the Senate, his counterpart in the House of Representatives and their deputies above secretaries.

“The National Assembly Service Commission has once again assumed public media topicality based on its appointment of Sani Magaji Tambuwal as the Acting Clerk to the National Assembly on Friday, November 18, 2022. It is pertinent to note that Sani Magaji Tambuwal was the Secretary Directorate of Finance and Accounts until his current appointment. The present scenario is a resonation of the same worrisome trend in which Ojo Olatunde Amos was appointed by the same Commission from his position as Secretary Directorate of Procurement and Supplies to mount the saddle in July 2020, as Acting Clerk to the National Assembly.

“The Commission failed in its constitutional and statutory duty by its failure to appoint a replacement for the outgoing Clerk in acting or substantive status. In short, the instruction to the outgoing Clerk to hand over the reins of the National Assembly to the most-senior-Secretary is manifest departure from the provisions of section 7(2) of the Act that prohibits delegation,” he said.

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