For the Records: The Obiageli Ezekwesili Unity College Plan


Dr. Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s former Minister of Education, and former World Bank Vice President was pushed forward a number of laudable initiatives  while serving in the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.

The Unity College Private Public Partnership Initiative Programme was one of the projects she vigorously pursued in the administration and whose merits can not be pushed aside.

Below is the Unity College PPP Initiative Programme Proposal as presented to Council on the 10th of January, 2007.

A brief overview:

– The Federal Ministry of Education is the proprietor of 102 Unity Colleges spread across the country.
– The Unity Colleges were set up to promote the laudable objectives of educating young Nigerians from all over the country in an atmosphere that would:
  1. provide total education
  2. Promote mutual understanding and tolerance amongst people from varying ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds
  3. entrench the values of patriotism and national unity
  4. Promote the pursuit of excellence in achievement and  moral virtues
– The first set of 11 Unity Schools were established between 1966 and 1973, as an addition to Kings College and Queens College, which were already under Federal Government proprietorship
– These PPP arrangements provide a powerful combination of the following elements to deliver significant innovations in school management and sustainable improvements in teaching and learning, for public good:
  1. A shared focus by all stakeholders on a clear and specific vision and mission
  2. Public investment in education, provided under clear, specific and measurable indices
  3. Private funding to support public investment and ensure sustainability of operation
  4. Independent operation within a strong governance framework
  5. Strict accountability for academic and financial performance to:
  6. The schools’ internal governing body
  7. The Government regulator
– A collegial culture in which parents, alumni and the local community share involvement and are real partners in the delivery of education.
Please access the full document in the link below:

Unity School PPP Initiative – approved 100107

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