Monday 16th January, 2017
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BPE to lead reforms in education, health, others

BPE to lead reforms in education, health, others

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.

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