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Youth set to benefit from education forum

12 February 2014, 11:09

Lagos - The local education sector is poised for a major boost following a partnership between one of the country's leading mobile network firms and a local consulting agency.

Etisalat Nigeria and Thistle Praxis Consulting have co-hosted a forum to that effect.

The Director, Leadership and Organisation Development at Etisalat Nigeria, Rabi Isma, said Etisalat was committed to the sustainable development of education-oriented initiatives that brings private and public sectors together to talk and share positive ideas on how to address critical global challenges, especially in Africa where the factors hampering the development of education are diverse.

"At Etisalat Nigeria, we believe that education is the bedrock of development. We are passionate about equipping today's populace with the educational skills and knowledge required to ensure a sound future for Nigerians. We believe that a sustained strategic approach must be embraced, rather than flash-in-the-pan projects that ultimately do not contribute as much to the wellbeing of the educational sector in particular and the nation in general," she said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Thistle Praxis Consulting Limited, Ini Onuk, said the forum was a solution-oriented event which was born out of the need to "reinvent the wheel of change in the nation."

"These forums help to identify problems and proffer solutions on sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole," said Onuk.

Chairman of the Council of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Prof. Pai Obanya, encouraged the private sector, especially corporate organisations to support the initiatives aimed at empowering and educating the Nigerian Youth.

"The educational sustainability and growth of Nigeria as a country and as a people depends on the ability of the private and public sectors to join hands together in a bid to upskill the Nigerian youth," Obanya said.

- CAJ News

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