- Senator Rochas Okorocha's passion for investing in human beings is still very evident
- The former governor of Imo state has advised the federal government to take the issue of human capital development seriously
- The senator representing Imo West senatorial district made the submission during plenary on Thursday, March 12
Senator Rochas Okorocha representing Imo West Senatorial District has advised the federal government on how to make real and sustainable progress.
The former governor of Imo state stated that the Nigerian government needs to focus on human capital development.
He made the submission while speaking during plenary on Thursday, March 12 in support of a motion moved on the floor of the Nigerian Senate for the setting up of a committee to focus on developing the country’s human capital.
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Okorocha said Nigeria’s biggest problem was that the country had gotten it wrong by its over-reliance on natural resources and subsequent failure to develop human capital.
According to him, the alarming number of out of school children was a recurring decimal that indicated a clear failure in the development of human capital.
Siting the current fall in crude oil prices and its predicted effect on the Nigerian economy, Okorocha said it is high time Nigeria began to pay particular attention to health care and education.
His words: “Human capital development is the pivot upon which the wheels of every economic activity of every given nation rotates and human capital development hinges on the two key social infrastructure of health and education.”
“Our nation’s major problem lies in the fact that we do not even understand the importance of human capital development in running the affairs of our nation. Which is why every day, there is this reoccurring decimal of out of school children and many other economic challenges.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate is seeking the revival of Almajiri schools built by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Senate's position was revealed in a motion sponsored by Senator Adamu Aliero, a former governor of Kebbi state and former minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
The motion is titled: “The Need to Integrate Almajiri Education into Modern System of Education in Nigeria.”
Aliero, an All Progressives Congress senator, noted that the past administration of Jonathan embarked on a laudable project by building Almajiri integrated model schools in which Almajiri children were enrolled and given both Islamic and Western education.
He lamented that currently, “some of the structures are either laying fallow or put into uses other than what they were originally intended for and some of the facilities in the Almajiri Model Schools are already decaying as they have never been put to use.”
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