Former Minister Madubuike Reflects on Nigeria's Past and Present, Advocates for Teacher Welfare

Former Minister Madubuike Reflects on Nigeria’s Past and Present, Advocates for Teacher Welfare

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Former Minister of Education and Health, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, recently shared insights on various issues affecting Nigeria, ranging from historical comparisons to the present state of education and healthcare. In an interview with CHUKWUDI AKASIKE, Madubuike expressed his thoughts on governance, teacher welfare, and the challenges facing the country.

Historical Comparisons and Governance

Madubuike reflected on the era preceding the 1980s, criticizing the military regime for mismanagement and squandering resources. He emphasized the need for healing after the civil war and the importance of education in nation-building. Madubuike highlighted his contributions during his tenure as Minister of Education, focusing on revitalizing the National Universities Commission, creating mission-oriented universities, and promoting equity in education.

Teacher Welfare

Addressing the issue of poorly paid teachers, Madubuike advocated for a contextual overview of the teaching profession. He stressed the need for better remuneration, improved status, and enhanced social prestige for teachers. He acknowledged the broader societal challenge of inadequate payment, especially for politicians, and called for urgent measures to address wealth inequality.

Economic Situation and Expectations from President Bola Tinubu

Madubuike expressed concern about the current economic situation and shared expectations from President Bola Tinubu in 2024. He emphasized the need for reduced governance costs and advocated for a lean government.

Brain Drain and Medical Personnel Exodus

On the exodus of medical personnel, Madubuike emphasized the importance of producing enough medical professionals domestically, paying them well, and allowing them the freedom to choose where to practice. He disagreed with the notion of exporting human resources for development.

Insecurity, South-East Project, and Nnamdi Kanu

Madubuike discussed the need for good governance to address insecurity, emphasizing youth empowerment and job creation. He welcomed the Peace in South-East Project but questioned the implementation based on previous joint efforts. Regarding Nnamdi Kanu, he supported Kanu’s freedom, linking it to reduced tension in the region.

Supreme Court Judgment, Political Aspirations, and Godfatherism

Madubuike criticized the justice system’s trust deficit, expressing skepticism about the Supreme Court judgment on Nnamdi Kanu. He shared his political aspirations and dismissed godfatherism, advising leaders to pay off meddlesome figures.

Plateau State Killings

Regarding the recent killings in Plateau State, Madubuike described them as an example of state failure and emphasized the need to reclaim Nigeria’s territory from non-state actors.

Sam Mbakwe’s Legacy

Madubuike acknowledged Sam Mbakwe as a unique and influential leader, praising his dedication to the people and commitment to social justice. He highlighted Mbakwe’s achievements and contrasted his leadership style with subsequent Imo State governors.

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