Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has identified education as vital to the development of manpower in any society.
Dr. Jonathan, who was the keynote speaker, stated this at the maiden five-day Bayelsa State Education Summit, with the theme: “Optimizing the delivery, performance and sustainability of outcomes in the education sector,” in Yenagoa.
Highlighting the contributions he made in the development of the education sector when he was the State Governor and at the national level, Dr. Jonathan emphasized the important role of information and communication technology.He stressed that his recognition of an educated citizenry was the reason his administration invested in Almajiri schools in the North.
While applauding the vision of Governor Douye Diri and his team in holding the Summit, the former President urged government to legalize its educational policies for successive administrations and consider introducing a common language in the educational curriculum.
Declaring the Summit open, Governor Douye Diri recalled that at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bayelsa was handicapped as it lacked the equipment in delivering remote learning.
The Governor said a bill would soon be sent to the House of Assembly on the need to back educational policies with a law.He said the Executive Council had adopted Kolokuma dialect and directed the Ministries of Education and Ijaw National Affairs to ensure implementation of the policy.
Governor Diri who noted that language is critical in education and in establishing one’s identity said efforts must be made to ensure the language does not go into extinction.