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Over the past five decades development of Nigeria’s education sector has proceeded unevenly. While the government has enacted several initiatives to improve the public school and university systems, ensuring that all citizens have access to high quality, affordable schooling remains a major challenge. With this in mind, in May 2012 the Federal...

Over the past decade information and communications technology (ICT) has played an increasingly important role in Nigerian society. In the 10 years since the ICT sector was liberalised in 2003, the percentage of the population that regularly accesses the internet has skyrocketed. According to the International Telecommunications Union, the UN’s ICT...

The primary function of education is to equip a society with the intellectual manpower to effect change and drive industries, stimulating innovation and creating opportunities for the future. Nigeria is faced with a serious challenge: a large percentage of our youth are unemployed, while employers are constantly searching for skilled employees...

Chapter | Education from The Report: Nigeria 2013

The education sector was allocated $2.69bn in the 2013 federal budget, making it the highest recipient of government spending. A large youth population –estimated at 75m people – points to rapidly expanding demand for education and training of all types for years to come. Boosting private sector activity, particularly at the primary level, continues to be a fundamental objective of the government...

As the single most populous nation in Africa, Nigeria recently overtook South Africa as the largest economy on the continent. Natural resources, oil and gas in particular, comprise the country’s single largest revenue-earner but the 170m person economy also has seen significant activity in recent years into the industrial, financial, telecoms and – as of 2013 – power sectors.

Private universities in Nigeria have shown promising growth and could help retain the thousands of students who have in recent years spent billions of dollars studying abroad. However, to ensure that growth in post-secondary enrolment continues, the increase in the number of private institutions is being matched by increased government investment – part of a broader shift to expand the skilled labour pool and improve employability.

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