The Unity Schools Old Students Association (USOSA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider naming an ex-student of the Unity schools as the next Minister of Education.
This they said, will help his administration harness the Pro Unitate commitment, professional expertise, working knowledge, and national integration experience that abound within the Unity Schools Alumni Community, and maximize the partnership potentials for the good of public sector education.
The group which said this in a Communiqué signed by its President General, Lawrence Wilbert, after its 35th Plenary in Lagos, noted that USOSA is willing to make its database of competent education professionals available to the President for his consideration.
According to Wilbert, “This is important as we are a Community of graduates from the Federal government secondary education institutions, that has benefitted immensely from the unity school concept and a functional public sector education system, with demonstrable track records for consistent support and partnerships with the Federal Ministry of Education.
“USOSA believes that it is now time for Nigeria as a nation to begin to reap from the huge socioeconomic investment in generations of Nigerian citizens who have benefitted from the excellent unity school education, as they represent some of the most competent persons in their fields across the globe”.
USOSA further noted that it will continue to support the Federal Government in its aspirations to reinvent public sector education, while supporting the repositioning of unity schools as an integral part of the nation’s strategy towards a safer, more united and progressive Nigeria.
The Plenary also considered the role of unity schools as a melting pot for engineering sociopolitical and religious tolerance amongst Nigerians, and reiterated the need for sustained reforms and reinforcement of public sector education, as Nigeria’s best approach to protecting the future integrity of the unity of Nigeria and her diverse peoples.