The Commissioner representing Osun State on the board of the National Population Commission, Chief Lere Oyewumi, has said that statistics from the ongoing Nigeria Education Data Survey will show the success or otherwise of the education policy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Oyewumi stated this on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the NEDS event in Osogbo.
The commissioner, who urged residents of the state to cooperate with officials carrying out the survey, advised them to wait till the end of the exercise to know whether the state government’s recent education policies were a success.
According to him, the survey will last for 100 days.
He added, “It will not be appropriate for a commissioner of the NPC to comment on such without having statistics to back it up. I will not say anything concerning that until the conclusion of the survey. We will know if the policies have worked well or not at the end of this exercise.
“We will know if the school feeding has reduced the number of out-of-school children or not. Let us wait till then.”
The state Director of NPC, Dr. Mike Sangodapo, said the survey would also assist the Federal Government to be able to use education to tackle the problem of insecurity, such as the one caused by Boko Haram.
Sangodapo said that with proper education, it would be difficult for insurgent groups as Boko Haram to lure pupils into their fold.
The NPC Chairman, Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), in a speech read on his behalf by the commissioner, said the survey would provide policy makers with accurate and timely data to formulate actions to increase enrolment of pupils.
The programme, he said, would further assist the nation to achieve the Universal Basic Education goal of education for all.
He said, “I therefore urge the respondents to be patients with the interviewers and provide truthful answers to questions asked. The information provided will be treated with absolute confidentiality.
“The cooperation you extend to the interviewers will be part of your worthy contributions to the building of an enlightened and prosperous Nigeria.” (punch)