The minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has expressed the federal government’s determination and commitment to transform teacher education.
The minister, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the flag-off ceremony of the capacity building workshop for teachers at the basic education level, organised by the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, was represented by the minister of State for Education and chairman of the occasion, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah in Calabar, Cross River State.
He said due to the decay that pervades the sector in Nigeria, which requires urgent interventions from all the three tiers of government in order to address the situation. He noted that the most paramount of these interventions is in the area of human capital development of which teacher training and retraining programmes are most central.
“It is against this backdrop that the federal government is committing huge resources to train and retrain teachers to put them on better pedestal to be able to discharge their responsibilities diligently,” he said.
While flagging-off of the training workshop at the Transcorp hotels in Calabar on Monday, February 4, 2019, the minister said that education is pivotal in the country’s march towards socio – economic and political emancipation.
He therefore, charged all relevant agencies and parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education to work together as partners in order to give birth to a new Nigeria, that prides itself in the quality of education of its citizens.
“In particular, I wish to solicit for each greater partnership with the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, an agency that is chiefly responsible for the training and retraining of teachers for a better Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking at the event, the chief host and governor of Cross River State, Prof Benedict Ayade, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Tina Banko Agbo, commended NTI and the training programme. He expressed the state government’s determination to upgrade and develop teachers’ capacity.
Earlier, in his welcome address at the occasion, Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the Director-General and Chief executive of NTI, Kaduna, said the Institute is leaving no stone unturned to help the federal government to achieve its lofty desire of moving Nigeria forward through the provision of qualify teacher education programmes.
“This becomes necessary as all indices of economic growth and political independence rest squarely on the quality of education being provided to the citizens of the nation,” he said.
Prof. Azare expressed appreciation to the federal government on behalf of the Nigerian teachers for giving the programme the priority it deserved. He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari; the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Project; the Federal Ministry of Education; and National Assembly for making the event a reality.
He enjoined the participants to strive and derive maximum benefits from the five workshop series the Institute is rolling out this year.
According to Prof. Azare, the train – the – trainer basis requires participants to step down the training to others that are not opportune to attend. He urged participants to be attentive and better prepared to face the task of cascading the training to their colleagues.
In his remarks, the chairman, NTI Governing Council, Sen. Kaka Mallam Yale, who was represented by a member of the Council and a director in the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, Mr. Jonathan Mbaakaa said the programme is aimed at improving the quality of teachers in the country, for the sole purpose of enhancing their capacity to deliver quality education to the youth.
The training which commenced Monday, February 4, and ends Friday, February 8, 2019, has 3, 700 selected teachers to be trained nationwide, with each state and the FCT, having 100 participants each.
The event was attended by many important dignitaries, which included the Cross River State commissioner of Education, Hon. Godwin Ettah, NUT state chairman, Comrade Eyonsa Itam, TRCN representative and the vice chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu, among others.