The senate committee on Basic and Secondary Education has commenced a public hearing on a bill to give legal backing to the establishment of the National Institute for Educational Administration and Planning, Ondo. The hearing which took place at the New Senate building in Abuja on Wednesday 12th November 2022 had members of the National Assembly, Chief Executives of parastatals in the ministry of education and concerned stakeholders in the society. NIEPA in Ondo was established in 1992 by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) in collaboration with UNESCO 11EP in Paris to serve as a staff college for planners and managers in the nation’s education sector and the west African region.
Declaring the public hearing open, the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawal GCON described it as an opportunity to ensure that NIEPA is standardized for professional probability, promising that all necessary support will be provided for the smooth running of the Institute.
“NIEPA is not giving Nigeria the service it needs and I blame Nigeria for this. The outcome of this public hearing will provide the senate with information on how to strengthen the operations of NIEPA” … said Lawan
Also speaking at the close of the hearing, the chairman of Basic and Secondary education in the senate, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam said, the NIEPA 2022 establishment bill seeks to give legal backing to the already functional NIEPA which was established in 1992 with a 3-fold mandate intended to move forward the professionalism of education planning and administration in the country. According to Gaidam, the senate committee will go through all the presentations made by relevant stakeholders and will not hesitate to invite any of them to shed more light on any grey areas.
Earlier, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Ayo Akinyelure described it as disheartening that despite the Institute’s enormous potential and its long years in existence, it does not have an enabling law to regulate and entrench its core mandate.
Also present at the senate public hearing was the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NIEPA, Professor Olivet Jagusah mni alongside the Institute’s management team. He reiterated the need for the lawmakers to expeditiously give passage to NIEPA’s long overdue bill.