The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, Director General, Ms Irina Bokova has commended the Jonathan administration for progressively improving the funding of the education sector.
The Director General of UNESCO spoke on Friday at the UNESCO headquarters Paris when she held a strategic meeting with the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike who was accompanied by the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee, Prof Sola Adeyeye and Chairman House Committee on Education, Comrade Aminu Suleiman.
Ms Bokova said the increasing budgetary allocation to education will assist the country to improve science and technology education and further create access to quality education.
She urged the parliament to always support the quest to increase the
financial resources available to the government, adding that it was
necessary that the Federal Government directly involved the parliament
in it participation in the 37th General Conference of UNESCO.
She assured Nigeria of UNESCO’s commitment to ensuring that the
relationship between the two groups achieve the laid down goals.
Responding, Supervising Minister of Education, Barr Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
proposed the setting up of two new UNESCO centres in Kaduna at the
National Board for Technical Education, NBTE to promote technical and
vocational education, and another at Obafemi Awolowo University to
promote Science and management.
He further proposed a UNESCO mission to Nigeria to work with national
experts to develop a programme document from the memorandum of
understanding on the second phase of the Nigeria-UNESCO plan of
He pledged Nigeria’s abiding faith in the mission of UNESCO and
capability of the organization to deliver its mandate to the
Barr. Wike assured the director general of the full determination of
Nigeria to work with all member states to support her in her resolve to
lead UNESCO in the right directiuonb to fulfill the hope of the world.
Special Assistant (Media) to the Supervising Minister of Education.