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A former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili has asserted that no single government can actually provide solutions to all the problems of the country alone.
Ezekwesili, who is the convener, FixPolitics, and Founder, of the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance, said citizens must be part of the process of solving problems in society.
She said this when her team at the Human Capital Africa, an accountability initiative, paid a visit to Not Forgotten Initiative School, a non-profit school set up for providing free access to education, in Abuja.
The HCA confirmed the donatation of N2m and adopted the school for intervention programmes as part of activities to mark Ezekwesili’s 60th birthday.
While applauding the founder of the school, Tosin Adeniyi, for coming up with the initiative as part of efforts to reduce the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, Ezekwesili lamented that the classic failure in governance suggests that citizens must also play their own role in developing society.
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She said, ‘There is classic failure in governance that creates the kinds of problems and situations we have in the areas of delivery of basic services like education and health to our citizens.
‘But then there is also the part where this initiative doesn’t necessarily have to be because of the failure of government. It is rather an initiative where citizens are showing that they can be contributors to solving society’s multiple needs. The kinds of needs that we have are humongous, that even the best government acting alone would not be able to solve all of them.
‘So, all citizens must be part of the process of solving problems in society. But I think that what her initiative does is that, it will create an example, so that the government will see that if you did this kind of a programme in a certain kind of way, that the children in the school will actually not just come to school, but that they will learn literacy and numeracy, which is a major challenge.’
Speaking, Adeniyi urged the government to make education accessible to every child and provide adequate supervision so as not to give room for failure.