Minister of Education on Step-B Project
By Franca Uzoma-Olua
The Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai says the success stories recorded from the World Bank assisted Step-B project in Nigeria, an indication that Nigeria can effectively pioneer projects that other Nations can emulate. She stated this at a valedictory meeting of the National Step-B project Steering Committee in Abuja.
The Step-B project is a World Bank assisted programme designed to improve science and technology education at post basic level at the cost of 180 million dollars. As the project gradually winds up at the end of June this year, the National Project Coordinator, Professor Michael Adikwu says it has achieved efficiency in transparent process and implementation of competitive science and technology grants for quality and innovation as well as improvement in human resource development.
In the meantime, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has expressed a desire to collaborate with Nigerian Universities to train it’s citizens in the areas of Medicine and Social Sciences. The move is designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries especially in the Education Sector.