The former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, on Wednesday, assured teachers that her administration would prioritise the issue of providing them with befitting accommodation if she emerges president of Nigeria.
She also regretted that poverty had crippled the standard of education in Nigeria.
A statement issued by the spokesperson for the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh, said the former presidential candidate wondered why it had become difficult for teachers to enjoy comfortable accommodation.
The statement reads, “No teacher in full-time employment should be unable to live in comfortable accommodation, within a reasonable distance of his or her place of work. This initiative serves as a ﬁnancial inducement toward teachers becoming house owners. Housing for teachers tackles poverty, which currently plagues workers in this era and discourages most from aspiring to be teachers.”
Oby Ezekwesili also highlighted the need to reduce the number of out-of-school children, adding that her administration would prune it down by 20 per cent annually.
The statement said, “We will cut out-of-school children number down to 5.4 million by 2023, build teacher efficacy and teacher expertise.
“Oby Ezekwesili, in her ten-month tenure as minister of education, ensured a reduction of (500,000) out-of-school children. Using the Universal Basic Education Commission’s incentivising funds to states once again as our handle, our ACPN administration will seek to attain gender parity in education concurrently with our goal of reducing the number of OOSC.
“This approach will embed the diversity of girl-child education initiatives within our obligation to Sustainable Development Goals 4 on ensuring universal access to qualitative education to all citizens.
“The knowledge that between 15-20 per cent of children who attend public schools have one type of learning disability or another, which the poor segment of our country are seldom able to handle alone, will compel our administration to reopen the Policy on Special Needs Education, which was ﬁrst comprehensively formalised during the tenure of Obiageli Ezekwesili as minister of education.”
Reports, however, showed that she stepped down as the presidential candidate of Nigeria today