Etisalat, Thistle Praxis Chart Way Forward for Nigeria’s Education Sector

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Lagos, Nigeria; February 12, 2014: As part of its commitment to advancing educational development in Nigeria and Africa, fastest growing and most innovative telecommunication company, Etisalat Nigeria, recently co-hosted experienced leaders in the education sector to engage in frank, productive and solution-oriented conversations at the just concluded 4th edition of Thistle Praxis Consulting Sustainable Conversations in Lagos. Speaking at the event, the Director, Leadership and Organisation Development, Etisalat Nigeria, Rabi Isma, said that Etisalat is committed to the sustainable development of education-oriented initiatives that brings private and public sectors together to talk and share positive ideas on how to address critical global challenges, especially in Africa where the factors hampering the development of education are diverse. “At Etisalat Nigeria, we believe that education is the bedrock of development. We are passionate about equipping today’s populace with the educational skills and knowledge required to ensure a sound future for Nigerians. We believe that a sustained strategic approach must be embraced, rather than flash-in-the-pan projects that ultimately do not contribute as much to the wellbeing of the educational sector in particular and the nation in general,” she said. On his part, the Chairman, Council of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Professor Pai Obanya encouraged the private sector, especially corporate organisations like Etisalat Nigeria to continue to support the initiatives that properly empower and educate the Nigerian Youth. In his opinion, the educational sustainability and growth of Nigeria as a country and as a people depends on the ability of the private and public sectors to join hands together in a bid to up-skill the Nigerian youth. Speaking in the same vein, CEO/Lead Consultant, Thistle Praxis Consulting Limited, Ini Onuk said that Sustainable Conversations is a solution-oriented event which was born out of the need to reinvent the wheel of change in the nation. According to her “these forums help to identify problems and proffer solutions on sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.” She thanked Etisalat Nigeria for being able to see and key into the value of the mission and vision of Thistle Praxis Limited to continually foster sustainable development in Nigeria. The event which held at Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos, also had in attendance the Professor of Counselling and Psychology, University of Lagos, Professor Ngozi Osarenren; CEO/Co-Founder, West Africa Vocational Education, Misan Rewane; Lagos State Team Leader, ESSPIN, Olabode Oyeneye, Chief Academic Officer, Kepler, Chrystina Russell; and CEO, The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre, Dr. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju; amongst others. All discussants in attendance shared their views on the theme, Education: Building Viable Frameworks for Sustainability.