Minister, disclosed when she paid a courtesy visit to Nigeria’s first President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari in his residence as part of her activities at the 57th National Council on Education held in Sokoto, Sokoto State.
Prof. Rufa’i noted that those issues listed as problems four or five decades ago still persist in spite of the annual budgetary allocation to the sector by both Federal and State governments.
She enumerated steps being taken to reposition the Nigerian education sector, stressing that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to repositioning the education sector to be able to play its pivotal role as a driving force of other sectors of the economy and catalyst in the realization of vision 20:2020.
The Minister commended the former President for his role in keeping the unity of the country and peaceful co-existence in Sokoto State.
Welcoming the Minister and her entourage, Alhaji Shagari, commended the present administration’s efforts in repositioning the education sector.
He also commended the setting up of the Committee to review challenges of albinos as it relates to their education and called on the Federal Government to consider the inclusion of albinos among the vulnerable and physically challenged persons in the all inclusive educational policy in line with international policy framework.
Shagari said as a Grand Patron of the Albino Foundation, he strongly recommends the immediate inclusion of albinos in the all inclusive educational policy and urged the Minister to adopt and publish for circulation The Quick Guide for Teachers and Educators of students with albinism.
As a passionate educator, he pledged his support for the development of the education sector, especially in the area of advocacy at all levels of education; and urged all stakeholders in the sector not to relent their efforts in tackling the challenges facing the sector, stressing that there are no problems that cannot be solved if there is the will and determination.