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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.

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