Presidential hopeful, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has said, Nigerians can hold him accountable, if after eight years, his government fails to deliver on good governance. Hayatu-Deen who is contesting for the office of the number citizen of the county, said Nigerians can hold him by his words.
In an exclusive interview with Zebra News, the Borno state born banker and businessman, promised to revamp the educational sector in Nigeria. Hayatu-Deen while attributing his achievement in life to quality education, said he understands education is the benchmark for a nation’s development, and so he will do everything, if elected, to bring about the desired change, Nigeria needs,
“As a beneﬁciary of a great public educational system, I recognize education as the nation’s wealth. Progressive nations and societies have continuously honed and improved educational systems to meet the demands of the time. Today, our public schools are nothing to write home about, our educational system has regressed to an unthinkable and unfathomable level.”
“In the Nigeria of today, schools have become increasingly so, a breeding ground for social vices and destroyed people’s futures unwittingly. Certiﬁcates can no longer be entirely relied upon to represent a person’s knowledge. If Nigeria finds me worthy to be in Aso Rock, I will ensure our educational curriculum is standardized to meet the needs of our Nigerian Society and the nature of skills and values to be developed to be members of the global community. Primary education will be made compulsory and ensure out-of-school children go back to school and become productive members of society.”
On teacher’s welfare and empowerment, he has this to say, “Teachers’ rewards, recognition, training, and retraining will be given special attention. The establishment and proliferation of tertiary universities will be controlled while supporting structures and arrangements that would increase funding to existing institutions AND improve infrastructure and the quality-of-service delivery in our educational institutions – from primary to tertiary; vocational to technical. Educational institutions in the country’s six geo-political zones will be encouraged to emphasize science and technology deeply embedded in research and innovation”.
Hayatu-Deen who is contesting on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, said his administration will also look into the constant abuse in the education sector, “With the level of abuse against girls, boys, men, and women in our educational institutions, a set of protocols to address abuse and encourage a strong moral compass will be enforced. My Presidency will guarantee a strike-free environment; ensure funding issues of educational institutions, and give the academic and non-academic staffs due recognition and development are laid to rest once and for all. This will be done by building golden bridges with multilateral, bilateral, and world-leading institutions and State governments, local government authorities, and the private sector”
He continued, “Tax breaks will be given to companies and individuals that adopt schools annually for holistic capital infrastructure development, teacher remuneration, and development. MHD considers the issues around due remuneration of teachers as one worse than the power situation in the country as they are the builders of the future of Nigeria. Regulators, policymakers, and educationists will be reinvented from the ground up to be sophisticated and with a passion for nurturing and developing talent ﬂowing in their veins”.