The Rivers State government has said that its decision to pay more attention to the development of the education sector was due to its strong belief that education was the key to the development of any nation.
The state commissioner for education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi, disclosed this in Port Harcourt, the state capital, while declaring open an education fair, organised by Software Technology Park Limited in conjunction with Bruhas Education Service Limited, the Indian High Commission in Nigeria, and EdCil (India) Limited.
Lawrence-Nemi, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Michael West, said the state government had made education the central pillar of its development, hence the transformation going on in the education sector in the state.
The commissioner said, “Education is the key to the development of any nation, and based on that, Rivers State government has made education the central pillar of its development. In this state, there are lots of transformations going on in the education sector.”
Earlier in his welcome address, the managing director of Bruhas, Mr Musunuri Srinivas, said about 25 most reputed Indian universities and institutions were taking part in the education fair, aimed at giving Nigerian students the opportunity to study in India.
Sriniva said, “While aspirations are so high, there appears a very serious gap.
between the number of aspiring students and number of seats available in Nigerian universities and polytechnics. Here, we have observed one thing, the student who could not go through in JAMB examination is not a dull student.
“When availability is less and demand is high, the process followed is elimination process, but not selection process. This situation is leaving students and parents with fewer options, either to wait for the next year or pursue education outside Nigeria.
“Bruhas is support by the High Commission of India, in Nigeria. Bruhas has tied up with 25 most reputed Indian universities and institutions offering a wide range of educational programmes, ranging from engineering, medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, management, IT, agriculture engineering, sports management and many more at affordable fees.” (Leadership)