by AljazirahNews | November 24, 2021 7:34 pm
By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu
Minister of state for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has revealed that the Federal Government is set to reposition the 110 unity colleges across the country for optimum performance in all ramifications.
A press release signed by Director, Press and Public Relations, Bem Goong, stated that the minister disclose this recently while declaring open the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Principals of Unity Colleges in the country, which opened in Gombe, the Gombe State Capital.
In his opening speech titled “Repositioning Federal Unity Colleges” Nwajiuba said, the Federal Government is determined to bring back quality and standard to Federal Unity Colleges across the country.
To achieve this, the Minister said President Muhamadu Buhari has set the ball rolling through a bumper welfare package for teachers, which he approved last year.
The package, the Minister said include, the extension of length of service, new salary structure for teachers, automatic employment to deserving graduates, a new housing programme and pension scheme among others.
Echono said that the Federal government is committed to restore the past glory of the Federal Unity Colleges through adequate funding, strict supervision and re-evaluation of the entire system.
He therefore warned that the ministry will not spare any officer found wanting under the new dispensation, as such officers will be shown the way out of service, adding that change has come into the education sector for good.
Nwajiuba stressed the need for training and retraining to prepare teachers for the unfolding dispensation, which is fast ushering in new developments that will contribute to the evolution of a strong democratic, prosperous, invisible and sovereign Nation.
The Minister expressed optimistism that resolutions reached at the 2021 AGM will help tremendously in addressing some of the challenges bedeviling the education sector, not only in Unity Colleges but in Nigeria as a whole.
Speaking at the AGM, Gombe State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manasseh Jato told the gathering that the Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya led administration at it’s inception, declared a state of emergency in the state’s education sector, which led to the establishment of the Leadership Training Center in the State.
He added that the government has embarked massive renovation of infrastructure in schools, improvement of health infrastructure in schools especially against the backdrop of Covid-19, modernization of the Sangaya (Almajiri) Educational System and payment of all relevant counterpart funding to ensure that the state takes full advantage of all programmes of donor partners.
In his welcome address, permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono noted that the AGM is an avenue where issues of crucial importance to the growth and development of quality Education in Federal Unity Colleges are discussed, adding that such discussion will equally improve the managerial Capacity of Principals.
Speaking on the theme of the AGM, “The Role of Education in Evaluating Social Vices as Guiding Tool in the era of Insecurity”, the Echono said, the theme is apt especially now that the country is going through security challenges, and youth restiveness, drug addiction and examination malpractices.
The Permanent Secretary said, with quality education, deviant behaviours caused by complex interactions can be effectively tackled. Echono stated that he was confident that the collective experiences of Principals shared at the Annual General Meeting will reposition the Nation’s Unity Colleges and by necessary implication, the entire education sector.
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