The honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, earlier today pledged his support for the 2017 National Higher Education Forum when he received the organisers at his conference room. The meeting was the second leg of the engagements with the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Education towards a successful hosting of the forthcoming 2017 Forum slated for November 14 and 15 in Abuja. There was an earlier meeting on May 22.
The leader of the delegation to the Minister, Odinaka Iloh, thanked the honourable Minister for his efforts towards enhancing higher education in the country and for the opportunity granted the team to further share the ideas on how Nigeria higher education could be improved. He also emphasized on the importance of the four broad areas of focus-Human/Intellectual Capital, Funding, Partnerships and Infrastructure- being pursued by the Forum. He highlighted that the partnership among the academia, government and industry needs to be reinvigorated.
Unlike the previous meeting where he was represented, the Minister was present to listen and understand the concept of the initiative. While speaking after the presentation by the Project Lead, Mallam Adamu agreed that the focus of the Forum tallies with the Ministry’s desires and plans for Nigeria’s higher education. He was equally impressed with the fact that the promoters are quite younger that he had expected. And on that impressive note he pledged his total support for the Forum.
The National Higher Education is a private sector-driven initiative committed to help in shaping Nigeria’s higher education policy direction, national innovation ecosystem and the overall prosperity of Nigeria through research, publications, collaboration, etc. The 2017 edition promises to be the biggest gathering of thought leaders from the academia, industry, business, government, media, and nonprofits, in Africa.
The partners to 2017 Forum are Sojourn Global Services, an organisation that trades on ideas, innovative and strategic; BusinessDay Media, Nigeria’s top business intelligence newspaper and Time Economics, an economics consulting firm with focus on research, strategy, communications and markets.
The Minister of Education will declare the Forum open as the Chief Host. And participants will be drawn from the academia, industry, non-profit organisations, media, government, higher education experts and the international community.