Sen. Michael Bamidele, Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters said that effective linkage between the education sector and industries should be promoted to bridge the knowledge gap of research and development.
Bamidele, also Chairman, Southern Senators Forum, National Assembly said this at the first edition of annual lectures and awards series of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos state wing on Friday in Lagos.
The theme of the lecture was: “Development Through Education-Learning and Livelihood”.
He said that no nation could develop beyond the capacity of its educational institutions and system.
“The professionalism and productivity of our educational institutions will determine the quality of their products and the impact of research endeavours on the larger society.
“For any nation to develop, great attention must be geared towards ensuring that scientific research, discoveries and inventions find a natural habitat in the learning centres.
“Management and staff of our educational institutions can not afford to take a back seat as we collectively march towards a rebirth in all facets of our national life,” Bamidele said.
He has urged federal and state governments to implement agreements with all education staff members to eradicate the frequent academic work interruptions.
“Government and other stakeholders should adequately fund the recently established entrepreneurship centres in the tertiary institutions.
“I commend our teachers for their achievements so far in ensuring the stability and advancement of our nation’s education sector.
“I sincerely urge you to remain steadfast, dedicated and committed in your contribution towards the noble cause of nation building,” Bamidele said.
Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education, said that their mandate was to increase access and improve learning outcomes in primary and secondary schools in the State.
Adefisayo said that they would also continue to make learning conducive by renovating schools and exposing teachers to skills needed to enhance effective performance.
“87 per cent of parents say children have improved since the start of EkoEXCEL Initiative which has to improve numeracy and literacy in pupils,” she said.
Mr Hassan Akintoye, Chairman, NUT, Lagos State wing said that idea behind this lecture was to advance the cause of education and promote critical stakeholders’ engagement and commitment for their support towards the noble endeavours of educating our children.
Akintoye said that theme of the lecture was to provide an opportunity for all education stakeholders to bridge the falling education standard gaps, and knowledge gaps, and promote industry skill-sets acquisition for a sustainable educational system.