Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria; Issues and Prospects: an Historical Paradox

Olayemi Jacob Ogunniyi


The paper seeks to explore the recognition of importance of
education to the development of a nation, as a means of poverty
eradication which is regarded as the most important goal of human
development. Ironically, in the time past in Nigeria, education
delivery has suffered major setbacks ranging from inadequate
frameworks policy, project duplication, gross inefficiency and
corruption. In view of this and many others, the United Nations,
comprising of Nigeria and other 188 members, in year 2000,
in a meeting widely referred to as Millennium Summit in the
United States of America, came up with the idea of Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) especially for developing countries,
for the purpose of poverty eradication, hunger reduction and
education promotion for all (Mohammed, (2006). It is a shocking
paradox that a significant proportion of Nigeria population is
poor despite its enormous wealth as Adejuwon and Tijani (2012)
argued. Therefore, this paper, through historical exploration,
examines those issues that arose since the commencement of
MDGs as it concerns Nigeria as well as prospects of achieving a
remarkable impact within time-frame. The paper concludes that
governments at all levels need to be sincere in the implementation
of MDGs if the of illiteracy, poverty and hunger are to be
eradicated by year 2015 as the year set out to achieve goals of the
Millennium Development.


Education; Human Development; Millennium Development Goals; Poverty Eradication

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