I’ll fast-track Education Bank Bill passage —Gbajabiamila


Legislation to fast-track legislative process on a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Education Bank will be a priority as the House of Representatives resume in September, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila has said.
In his message commemorating the International Youth Day, themed, ‘Transforming Education,’ the Speaker said the essence of education was to find solutions to the challenges confronting humanity.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, on Monday Gbajabiamila said all levels of government had the primary responsibility of ensuring that every Nigerian had access to basic and qualitative education.
He added that democracy and good governance would thrive in an atmosphere where many people were educated.
He said the House would prioritise issues concerning the education sector.
Gbajabiamila said as the Majority Leader of the House in 2016 he sponsored a bill to provide access to higher education for Nigerians through interest-free loans. The bill, which he said had been reintroduced, had passed first reading.
He said, “As we celebrate the International Youth Day, I intend to use the office of the Speaker and the instrumentality of the law to fast-track the passage of this and others bills that are capable of restoring hope to our youths to reposition them for the tasks of nation-building and global competitiveness.
“It is indisputable that the global economy is knowledge-driven, while the private sector has continued to play a leading and pivotal role in the economic development of states and nations. This is why we need to transform the Nigerian educational system and why the youths should be encouraged to broaden their skills.”


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