The fact that Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, a professor of Technology Education, an academician, astute administrator and a teacher who attaches zero tolerance to corruption had spent over one year at the National Commision For Colleges of Education (NCCE) as substantive executive secretary is no longer in doubt. To be exact, he assumed the leadership of the teacher regulatory agency in August, 2016. On assumption, he wasted no time in acquainting himself with the rudiments of the core mandates of the Commission.
In keeping the ball rolling, he immediately engaged all stake holders in Teacher Education in various fruitful dialogue and discussions that resulted in the on-going peace being enjoyed in all NCCE-awarding institutions across the country. His humane approach to administration has brought about good governance and entrenchment of principles of fairness and justice.
The modalities of his operation bonding unity among members of the commission’s management team, transparent and all inclusive administrative style suggest determination to evolve intramural fair dealings among the NCCE workforce and Colleges of Education in Nigeria. He also believes in improving the welfare of the staff, all anchored on the principle of bonding relationship.
His philosophy of open administrative style gave room for participatory model that led to expanded management where issues of the Commission are often discussed. Under his watch, NCCE/COREN entered into memorandum of understanding (MoU) for graduates of NCE Technical to be registered as members of COREN.
He also drives with passion the core mandate of the Commission which are; accreditations and re-accreditations; resource visitations to Colleges of Education; monitoring and evaluations in Colleges of Education and other NCE awarding institutions in Nigeria; advising the Federal Ministry of Education and government on cogent issues on Teacher Education in Nigeria.
He recently kick started the process of re-reviewing NCCE minimum standards, in which the pre-review workshop was held at the Federal College of Education Akwanga recently
In his quest for harmony and physical fitness amongst NCCE and Colleges of Education in Nigeria, he recently donated a football trophy to be competed for by NCCE football team and Colleges of Education in Nigeria, which was first of its kind since the establishment of National Commission for Colleges of Education.
He is also negotiating and engaging the National Assembly on the proposed up-grade of the Commission’s Act to National Commission for Teacher Education, (NCTE) which first reading had already been taken in the Senate. He saw the constitution of Governing Councils of MDAs/Agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education as a welcome development towards the on-going struggle to produce quality teacher education for Nigeria.
He immediately arraigned for the first inaugural meeting of the Board and it was successfully held on 12th April, 2018.
The chairman of the NCCE governing board, Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi, (Katukan Sokoto) on behalf of other members applauded the fatherly disposition of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu and obliged to cooperate with his administration in taking Teacher Education to greater height in Nigeria. The chairman who is a grassroots politician from Sokoto solicited for all hands to be on deck so that the Education Action Plan of the Buhari administration will yield results for Nigeria and Nigerians.
– Suleiman wrote in from Abuja
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