The Senate has moved to provide an enabling environment for the operations of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration.
The move would enable the institute to discharge its mandate more effectively and efficiently.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed this when he declared open a public hearing on a bill to back up the establishment of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo, Ondo State.
Lawan said “So here is an opportunity for us to have no holds barred discussions and interactions because the essence of this bill is to make the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration worthy of its mandate.
It is our hope and prayer that the outcome of today’s public hearing will provide the Senate with an opportunity to make the right decision in terms of how this institute should be as professional as possible.”
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary), Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, said the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (Establishment) Bill 2022 sought to give legal backing to already functioning institutions.
Gaidam said the institute was established in 1992 with a three-fold mandate which was intended to move forward the professionalization of educational planning and administration.
“The essence of this public hearing is for the critical stakeholders and indeed the general public to objectively make their submissions to the committee for an informed recommendation to the Senate to pass or reject the Bill as proposed,” Senator Gaidam said.
Speaking at the commencement of the public hearing, the sponsor of the Bill, Senator Ayo Akinyelure said “sadly despite the institute’s enormous potential and its long years of existence and operations, it does not have an enabling law to regulate its activities to strengthen and entrench its core mandates.
“The crux of this public hearing, therefore, is to aggregate stakeholders’ opinion as input with a view to producing enabling laws which will serve as an impetus to drive the Nigeria Institute for Educational Planning and Administration activities.”
The Institute was established in 1992 by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNESCO/International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) as a Staff College for Planners and Managers in the Nigeria education sector and West African sub-region.