Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, stated on Thursday that no one administration could resolve all of the issues facing the nation by itself.
Citizens must participate in resolving social issues, according to Ezekwesili, convener of FixPolitics and creator of the School of Politics, Policy, and Governance.
She commented while visiting the Not Forgotten Effort School in Abuja, a non-profit institution created to provide free access to education. Human Capital Africa is an accountability effort.
As part of the celebrations for Ezekwesili’s 60th birthday, the HCA gave N2 million and adopted the school for intervention projects.
She praised Tosin Adeniyi, the school’s founder, for coming up with the idea as part of efforts to lower the number of Nigerian children who are not in school but lamented the fact that the traditional failure in governance suggests that citizens must also play their role in the development of society.
“There is a classic failure in governance that leads to the kinds of issues and circumstances we have in providing our citizens with essential services like education and health,” she added.
The fact that this effort need not be the result of government failure is another aspect to consider.
Instead, it is a citizen-led effort that demonstrates how people may contribute to meeting the many needs of society. The scale of our requirements is so grand that even the finest government acting alone could not meet them all.
Therefore, everyone in society must participate in fixing societal problems. However, I believe that her initiative does set an example so that the government can see that if this kind of program were implemented in a specific way, students would learn literacy and numeracy, which is a significant challenge, rather than show up to class.