FG Approves Science, Technical Colleges For 16 States
Minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu has disclosed plans of the federal government to establish new federal science and technical colleges in 16 states of the federation.
Delivery a keynote address at the 64th National Council on Education (NCE) meeting in Port Harcourt, the minister named the state as, Kogi, Jigawa, Kano, Ebonyi, Imo, Oyo and Bauchi State. Others are Plateau, Sokoto, Enugu, Ondo, Cross River, Kwara, Zamfara, Anambra and Delta states.
Mallam Adamu who said the implementation of the project would be done in three phases starting from 2019 – 2022, explained that the establishment of the schools was part of the policies of the Federal Government to reposition education for self-reliance with particular attention to the development of technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills in the learners.
He added that the present administration has trained over 500 science, vocational and mathematics teachers on the use of modern equipment and new approaches in schools.
The Minister disclosed that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) has instituted various programs for the training and development of academic staff in schools, under which over 24500 staff of various tertiary institution have been sponsored to acquire Masters and Doctorate degrees in institution within and outside the country.
Adamu described the theme of the conference, “Education for self-religious a tool for the achievement of Education 2030 Agenda” as apt; stressing that education is the development of knowledge skills and character of the individual, and attaining the capacity to make choice that liberates them from over reliance to and from individuals and governments.
Speaking of the occasion, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike commended the NEC for choosing Port Harcourt to host the session adding that NEC provides the forum for all stakeholders to brainstorm on issues and policies that will ensure quality education of Nigerians.
The Governor described the Agenda 2030 as a call for addressing all issues on education so that the Nigerian child is not left behind; pointing out that the Rivers State government was committed to providing equal opportunities for all children in the state to acquire quality education.
Governor Wike emphasized that the state government has fully paid its counterpart funding for the Universal Basic Education, adding that the state has also equipped and furnished over 400 basic schools in the state while 58 other schools are undergoing various levels of upgrading.
The governor also disclosed that adequate funds has been released to all school heads and principals for the managing of the schools in the 2019 calendar year and expressed commitment to continue to partner with the federal government and its agencies irrespective of political differences.
The 64th conference of NEC was attending by commissioners of Education from the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory and other stakeholders in the education sector in the country.