T.A.P: Nigeria is getting better!

Things are getting better!

Nigeria is getting better! I have had reasons to share thoughts with various people (at different levels) on the future of Nigeria, and I’m often told about my unusual optimism when I go my way of I see a New Nigeria…. A few minutes ago, an eMail message from a friend took me to a website that has gone further to prove that things are getting better. I honestly believe that the right people (who are prepared) will soon man the right institutions — and change will be inevitable! When next anything makes you doubt that Nigeria will be a much-desired global destination by 2025, remember that you and I are the custodians of tomorrow, and we can begin by influencing our various sectors of influence — and the waves will come together to form ripples… then the ripples will lift us out of this present darkness.

I have been inspired by this project (TAP: Tracking Assets for Progress) from the Federal Ministry of Education (and I don’t have to say too much about the evident high expectations that Nigerians woke up to when the new minister was named as head of the ministry) and it speaks volumes about what education will be like in the next few years. The project was described on the website:

As part of its reform efforts, the Federal Ministry of Education recognizes that you are an Asset – a critical stakeholder in Nigeria’s development. By virtue of the fact that you are a product of the Nigerian educational system, you deserve support! We have designed a short survey to understand your background, work history and challenges. All information received from this survey will be treated confidentially. Please be clear and honest.

By participating in this important initiative:

  • Your name and background will automatically form an important part of the TAP database which will shape the design and implementation of high impact strategies for assisting you to achieve your highest potential;
  • You will receive periodic information about employment and entrepreneurship training opportunities which the Federal Ministry of Education will initiate in collaboration with other Nigerian public, private and nonprofit organization;

Please note that the deadline for online survey would be on September 29th 2006. The project website also adds, “Thank you for taking another step towards a brighter future!!!” And I honestly agree with that. While wondering if it was truly a public sector project, I saw this: “T.A.P is an initiative of the Federal Minsitry of Education, Federal Secretariat, Phase III, Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja. For further Information contact: Helpline: +234 (0)806 9489 754, (09)480 3614. Email: info@tapnigeria.org”. I belong to the target group (beneficiaries of one of Nigeria’s secondary, tertiary, technical or vocational institutions who graduated or discontinued their education from these institutions between 1995 & 2005) that is being asked to complete the online survey, and you can be sure that I have been there. Log on now (www.tapnigeria.org), and spend a few minutes to contribute to a national database that can help our servant leaders plan for our future — at last!

By the way, the project also promises that “[y]ou will receive periodic information about employment and entrepreneurship training opportunities which the Federal Ministry of Education will initiate in collaboration with the Nigerian private and nonprofit sectors.”

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