The Outgoing Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike has tasked stakeholders in education sector to ensure that admissions into 104 unity schools is based on 70 percent merit and 30 percent other consideration .
The Minister gave the advice in abuja during a valedictory meeting held with Heads of agencies in the education sector of Nigeria.
Wike who said that President Goodluck Jonathan`s focus on the Almajiri education program would remain memorable in Nigeria added that complying with the 70/30 percent procedure would enable students compete with their counterparts globally.
He added that for Nigeria to fit into the committee of nations , it is imperative for stakeholders in the education sector to work together as a team .
“I want to urge all stakeholders in charge of Admission into Unity colleges to ensure that admissions are on 70 percent merit and other consideration so as to enable students compete with their counterparts globally”
“it is imperative for Nigeria to be like other developed countries but we must work together as a team to position our country in the committee of great nations ” he added.
“I have worked for forty two months as the Minister of state for Education and I believe its time to yield to my people’s call at home and for this reason I will tender the resignation of my appointment on 17th of October so as to answer the clarion call of my people ”
“i want to try some other things that will lead to service to humanity ”
Heads of education agencies applauded the efforts of the Minister in repositioning the nations education sector.
The Executive Secretary of National Commission of Colleges of Education, Professor Mohammed Ibn Junaid said the Minister of state is a great supporter of teacher education.
The Executive Secretary of NMEC ,Jubril Paiko said the Minister has helped to reduce rate of illiteracy in Nigeria.
The representative of the Universal Basic Education Commission said Mr Wike has made great impact in basic education.
While the JAMB Registrar ,Professor Ojerinde said the Outgoing Mnister is a great achiever who does not perform his duties in normal ways.
The Minister who was appointed as Minister of state for education forty two months ago resigned from his appointment on Wednesday, with his resignation taking effect from 20th of october 2014, to actualise his political ambition in Rivers state, south south Nigeria.