In a remarkable display of recognition and appreciation for the importance of education, the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has called upon private individuals and philanthropists to join forces in addressing the funding challenges faced by the Nigerian education sector.

Highlighting the government’s limited capacity to solely finance education, Mr Mamman emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to bridge the gap.

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This call to action was made during a special event held in Abuja, honoring Emeka Offor and his wife, Adaora Offor, for their outstanding contributions to business administration and social advocacy, respectively.

The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, bestowed honorary degrees upon the Offors, acknowledging their exceptional dedication.

The Minister commended the Offors for their remarkable philanthropic work through their foundation, urging other individuals and organizations to follow their lead in supporting education.

Recognizing the significant investments made by the government in education, Mr Mamman emphasized the importance of private individuals and philanthropists stepping forward to make a difference.

He stated, “The ministry is inspired by this recognition because the government cannot shoulder the burden of financing education alone, despite its substantial contributions.

This is why individuals like Emeka Offor and his wife are so important, and their efforts should serve as an example to others. They have shown us the tremendous impact that can be achieved with well-utilized resources.”

In recognition of their invaluable contributions, UNN received a generous donation of N100 million to support research activities and foster academic excellence within the Faculty of Business Administration.

Similarly, NAU received N50 million to enhance the welfare of widows, children with special needs, and other vulnerable members of society.

Mr Offor emphasized that the endowment fund established would be carefully managed, with the principal sum being held in perpetuity unless otherwise decided by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) and the universities.

He expressed his desire to support higher education in Nigeria and strengthen the bond of friendship between SEOF and UNN/NAU through this gesture.

This collaborative effort to bridge the funding gap in the Nigerian education sector showcases the power of philanthropy and the transformative impact it can have on educational institutions.

With the Minister of Education’s call to action and the exemplary contributions of the Offors, a brighter future awaits Nigerian students, paving the way for educational empowerment and societal progress.