ADDRESS PRESENTED BY SENATOR JOY EMODI, CHAIRMAN,
SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AT THE NATIONAL SEMINAR
ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND THE MILLENUIM DEVELOPMENT
GOALS [MDGS] IN NIGERIA
The United Nations in a Millennium Declaration in year 200 set out certain
objectives encapsulated in the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] for the
reduction of poverty and enhancing human development which are to be
achieved in year 2015. The MDGs are eight in number with set targets but
we have our main focus today on technical education and the Millennium
Development Goals with reference to Nigeria.
One of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals as it effects
education is to achieve Universal Primary Education. The target is to ensure
that by 2015 children everywhere, boys and girls are able to complete a full
course of primary school education.
With the introduction of the Universal Basic Education [UBE] there has
been a gradual and steady growth in basic education delivery in Nigeria. The
Universal Basic Education Act providing for nine years of free and
compulsory education was enacted in 2004 and the National Policy on
Education was also revised that year. And yet there are enormous challenges
ahead. A crucial question we need to ask is: Can the MDGs be attained by
2015 without increased investment in Technical Education? It is a known
fact that there is a direct correlation between the levels of technical and
vocational education of a nation, its stage of development and the incidence
Ladies and gentlemen, I believe this seminar is timely coming at the mid-
term review of the MDGs initiative and the way forward to attain the
desired goals. It is imperative to emphasize the importance of political
leadership, vision and forthrightness in shaping policy decisions of
government towards reduction of poverty and enhancing human development.
I believe the deliberations of this Seminar will help to properly situate the
importance of giving Technical Education its prominent pride of place in our
pursuit of the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] in
Thank you and may God bless Nigeria.
Senator Joy Emodi