The Federal Government is considering removal of education from the Concurrent Legislative List and place it at the Exclusive List to provide focus and centralised administration of education in the country.
Anthony Anwuka,the Minister of State for Education, gave this hint late Tuesday in Abuja during a send-forth reception organised in honour of the immediate past Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie.
The occasion was a gathering of friends, colleagues, associates and well-wishers to eulogise Okojie for his 10 years of meritorious service as NUC Executive Secretary following his retirement on 1st August, 2016 after completing his two terms in Office.
Anwukah, who admitted that there were a lot problems facing the education sector in Nigeria noted that some of the problems could easily be overcome if the affairs of the education sector is centrally run.
He argued that education just military, is critical to the nation and must not be left at the whims and caprices of the state governments.
The development is coming in spite of recent calls by many Nigerians for devolution of power from the federal to states with the Minister insisting that education is a federal project.
He said: “We have a lot of problems facing education sector in this country. Over the last two weeks, I have been pondering on a particular idea, whether as a country, we can continue putting education on the Concurrent List.
“It is coming to a stage where we have to brace up to the fact that education is a federal project and can no longer be left at the whims and caprices of the states. Like, Army and others that are federal projects, this country will brace up to the fact that education must be centrally run by the Federal government and no longer run by the various states.
“I’m going to discuss this idea further with stakeholders. Education must cease to be on the Concurrent List and be a concern to the people,” he said