The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Benjamin Ezra Dikki, has announced plans by the agency to introduce reforms in the roads, housing, health, education, hospitality and tourism, sports, river basins sector.
Dikki who received a World Bank team led by Guillemette Jaffrin in his office in Abuja, stressed the need to start the reforms in the education sector in Nigeria to ensure enforcement of standards at the primary and secondary levels.
He regretted that constitutional provisions restricted the Federal Government from imposing reform programmes in secondary and primary education levels under the control of state and local governments.
The BPE boss noted that though there are regulatory institutions for tertiary education like the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) among others to ensure the enforcement of standards, but this was lacking at the primary and secondary levels.
He attributed the falling standards at the foundation level of education in the country to the lack of regulations. The same, he said, was responsible for the incidence of crime and other anti-social behaviors plaguing the country.
According to Dikki, in a statement by the BPE Head of Public Communication, Alex Okoh, “What at present obtains is that the Federal Government controls only the tertiary institutions in the country while the states and local government areas control secondary and primary education.
Further, he informed the World Bank team that the bureau also plans to reform the health sector in the country to check quackery and the high medical pilgrimage abroad by Nigerians.