• Nearly 70% of Nigeria’s population is under 30 years old. More than 44% is below 15 years. The structure of the population is therefore such that substantial resources must channeled into the education sector for primary, secondary and tertiary education
  • There are 11 million primary school pupils yearly, with a drop-out rate over 50%; by the secondary school stage, only 4 million places available. About 7 million are therefore lost from the system
  • Nigeria has more than 13 million children that are out of school, which accounts for 47% of the out-of-school population in the world
  • Nigerians presently spend in excess of $1billion annually to acquire education outside the country

Policy Objectives

  • Improve and strengthen the education system to make it more efficient, more accessible, more qualitative and relevant Work with the States to carry out far reaching reforms of the system with a view to developing a knowledge-driven economy
  • Promote a “Catch-them-Young” approach to skill development
  • Promote an all-inclusive system which will carry along our citizens with special needs by ensuring that the rights of persons living with disabilities are protected and existing laws are implemented, and encouraging states to adopt these laws

What we shall do

  • Streamline functions and transfer of responsibilities for greater efficiency e.g. by 2024, responsibility for funding and control of public primary education shall be transferred to the local governments
  • Develop and promote Science and Technical Education to create skills for the new economy
  • Improve access to qualitative as well as industry-relevant education with access, equity and quality receiving prominent attention
  • Increase investment in social infrastructure by the federal and state governments