According to the Minister, “the success or failure of educational policy formulation and implementation is greatly determined by the work to be carried out during this meeting". 

Speaking further, he stated that the challenges in the education sector in Nigeria has fueled the growing economic deficit which has put a lot of pressure on macro economic fundamentals in the country.

Earlier in his speech during the opening ceremony of the two-day event, the Governor of Cross-River State, His Excellency Senator Prince Bassey Otu stated that matters of education are in the forefront of his administration. According to him, "As a state, our commitment to education is unequivocal and will not relent in seeing that education strives supreme in our agenda". The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Education, Senator Dr. Stephen Odey charged delegates to make adequate use of the opportunity to deliberate on the challenges facing the educational sector and take appropriate decisions that will guarantee the desirable change.

The Director of Planning Research and Statistics, Mrs Ngozi Odogwu and a Principal Librarian in the department, Ms. Candice Odu accompanied the National Librarian/CEO to the meeting.

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