Education, Research Panacea For Development – Mamman


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Minister of Education, Professor Tahir Mamman, has reaffirmed the importance of research and education in driving sustainable development and highlighted the need for African nations to address challenges in their educational systems.

Mamman disclosed this on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, while speaking at this year’s 2024 West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) Conference held in Abuja.

In his address, the Minister underscored the transformative power of collaboration and innovation, stating, “As we gather here today, we are reminded of the top quality education to ensuring equity and inclusivity and adapting to the desecration, dialogue, and evolving global landscape we find solutions to challenges that confront our educational system”.

He further emphasised the importance of leveraging initiatives like the WACREN conference to strengthen regional ties and build networks that transcend geographical boundaries.

Prof. Mamman called for collective efforts to advance education and research in West and Central Africa, recognising the potential for innovative minds and scholarly endeavours to provide solutions to pressing issues.

He also highlighted the Federal Ministry of Education’s roadmap to transform the educational system of Nigeria under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressing optimism about the future of the country’s education sector and calling for support from stakeholders across the African continent.

On his part, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr. Chris Maiyaki while speaking on the conference theme, “Forging Future High Education and Research Communities”, emphasised the need for proactive, innovative, and forward-thinking approaches to teaching, learning, and research.

Maiyaki encouraged participants to embrace digital transformation, foster collaboration, and cultivate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among students and faculty.

He further highlighted the importance of preparing higher education and research communities for the challenges and opportunities ahead, calling for engagement in thought-provoking discussions, sharing best practices, and exploring innovative solutions to common challenges.

In addition, he emphasised the collective efforts needed to shape a brighter future for generations to come, encouraging active participation and networking among participants.

“I encourage all participants to actively engage in sessions, network with their peers, and seize the opportunity to contribute their expertise and insight to the discussions, together we can forge stronger more resilient higher education and research communities that are capable of shaping a brighter future for generations to come”, the NUC Boss said.


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