Former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has stated that no single government can solve all the problems facing the country alone. Ezekwesili, who is the convener of FixPolitics and founder of the School of Politics, Policy and Governance, made this statement while visiting the Not Forgotten Initiative School, a non-profit school in Abuja that provides free education.
The Human Capital Africa (HCA), an accountability initiative, also visited the school and donated N2m. The HCA has also adopted the school for intervention programmes to mark Ezekwesili’s 60th birthday.
Ezekwesili praised the school’s founder, Tosin Adeniyi, for setting up the initiative to reduce the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria. However, she lamented that there is a classic failure in governance that creates the kind of problems and situations the country faces in delivering basic services like education and healthcare to its citizens. Ezekwesili stated that the initiative doesn’t have to be a result of government failure, but rather an example that citizens can contribute to solving society’s needs.
Ezekwesili stressed that all citizens should be part of the process of solving problems in society. She believes that the initiative will create an example for the government to follow in providing accessible education and solving the challenges in the education sector. Adeniyi also urged the government to make education accessible to every child and provide adequate supervision to prevent failure.
The Not Forgotten Initiative School has 85 students, with 27 on scholarship, 10 in a federal government college, and four in university. This school serves as a reminder that citizens must be proactive in solving society’s problems, especially in sectors where the government has failed to provide adequate services.