Nigeria, though a major oil producing nation in the world, can still be classified as an evolving society owing to its diversified nature. With over 450 ethnic groups, 774 local government areas and 36 states excluding Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria is fraught with problems of ethnic rivalry, political instability and acute poverty. The paper will present poor people’s wealth creation and distribution pattern in Nigeria, the inadequate provision of social amenities and poor leadership/management of diverse groups for national stability. The case of oil rich Niger Delta is a point for reference here. The paper also analyzes the current education reforms going on in the country under the NEEDS, with a view to ascertaining its suitability and workability in the task of societal transformation and unification in line with set national goals.Patterned after the millennium development goals (MDG’s), NEEDS is Nigeria’s home grown poverty reduction, health and integration strategy. The paper analyzes education reforms as they focus, among other things, on tackling the philosophies of “Unity in Diversity, wealth creation and distribution, societal egalitarianism and the promotion of gender equality and empowerment.” It notes that the programs are filled with uncertainties arising from poor planning to implementation of plans. Recommendations are made for action commitment and genuine government’s involvement in the implementation of the agenda.
|Keywords:||Ethnic, Religious Diversities|
University Professor, School of Technology and Science Education, Department of Science Education, Federal University of Technology, Yola, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria
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