The idea of an Academy of Education had been under consideration by many educationists for a number of years, but sometimes in 1984, Mr. G.N. Enobakhare made a move, which led to a preparatory meeting held in Lagos on Saturday 16th of September 1984. Six prominent educationists met on that day (the invitation of Prof. C.O. Taiwo) at the Continuing Education Centre of the University of Lagos to explore the necessity, advisability, and cogency of founding a national, non-political, and independent professional body that can speak and advise on education at all level and in all its ramifications
Present at the exploratory meeting were the following:
- Prof. C.O. Taiwo, the converner, who was elected Protem Chairman
- Prof. B.O. Ukeje, who was elected Protem Secretary.
- Prof A. Babs Fafunwa.
- Prof. Adamu Baikie
- Alh. Hamidu Alkali
- Mr. G.N.I. Enobakhare
All those present at the meeting agreed with Chief Enobakhare that every other profession in the country had a central body and powerful forum that can speak to and advise the government on issues affecting their profession, and that EDUCATION needed a forum of high standing which will not be a labour union.A national, non-political, independent, and professional body that can speak and advise on education generally be formed with the designation: The Nigerian Academy of Education.The objective of the Academy shall include the following:
- To advise various governments of the federation on educational policies and policy implementations;
- To advise on/or undertake the certification and registration of all categories of teachers;
- To advise on the financing of education.
- To promote educational standard at all levels of the educational system;
- To be a national forum for the dissemination of educational ideas;
- To be a body for the formulation and implementation of professional ethics for the teaching professional;
- To coordinate the activities of all national organizations in the education.