Definite Steps Will Be Taken to Reposition NIEPA… Nanah Opiah

The Hon. Minister of State Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah has assured the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA NIGERIA) Ondo, that definite and concrete steps will be taken by the Ministry of Education to ensure that the Institute is repositioned legally and structurally using the resources at the disposal of his office. Hon. Opiah said this when the Management staff of NIEPA visited him at Federal Ministry of Education headquarters Abuja, to brief him on the mandate of the Institute.

The Honorable Minister of State told his visitors that upon assuming office, he pledged to making the education sector better than he met it, therefore all hands must be on deck. “As a former speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly and former member of the House of Representatives, I know how these things work. I will liaise with all organs of government necessary to ensure that NIEPA’s bill is passed into law” Opiah said.

Speaking on behalf of the Chief Executive of the Institute Professor Olivet Jagusah mni, Mr Olukayode Osinuga outlined the mission, vision and philosophy behind the formation of NIEPA. According to Osinuga who serves as the Institute Bursar, the Institute was established in 1992 by the Federal Government in collaboration with UNESCO-IIEP, Paris, with a mandate to develop a critical mass of education sector planners, managers and administrators. The Director-General’s representative prayed the Minister to use his good office to ensure that the Institute’s enabling Instrument is signed into law to enable it to perform its capacity-building role in Nigeria and the sub-west Africa region.

Also speaking at the event, the head Training and Research department of the Institute, Dr Sunday Adegbesan briefed the Minister about NIEPA’s unrivalled achievements in the training of education sector planners and managers. According to him, the Institute can deliver on its mandate if the right atmosphere is created by the Ministry. Adegbesan said that the National Policy on Education empowers only NIEPA to build the capacity of education sector planners and managers and has delivered successfully on this mandate over the years to include the private sector education workers. He further said, the Institute only recently, successfully delivered on the assessment and verification of the 36 states and FCT’s Medium Term Basic Education Sector Plans (SMTBESPs), a programme sponsored by the World Bank. This Adegbesan highlighted to show that NIEPA can carry out impact assessments and research activities too.

The Technical Assistant to the Minister of State, Education, Mrs Clarice Ujah affirmed NIEPA’s strides and consistency in the education sector over the years. She enjoined the Minister of State to help reposition NIEPA to the leadership position it once occupied. This view was further re-echoed by the Ministers’ Special Assistant on Administration, Dr Uzor Amaka A.

The briefingheld on Tuesday 2nd August 2022at the conference hall of the Minister of State, FME, Abuja.