The Executive Secretary of National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), Dr. Iyela Ajayi has called upon Akwa Ibom State to change the nomenclature of State Secondary Education Board (SSEB), to State Senior Secondary Education Boad,SSSEB
Ajayi made the call while speaking to the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Dr. Akon Eyakenyi in Uyo during a courtesy call.
According to a press statement signed by Fatima Bappare, the head Public Relations and Protocol, the NSSEC Boss explained that, Section 21, sub section 2 of the NSSEC Act 2003, provides for states to comply by establishing Senior Secondary Education Board.
The Act, according to him, also directs States to contribute at least 5% as the counterpart funding to qualify for the NSSEC intervention fund.
lyela further stressed the need for states SSEB representation with the composition and functions as provided in the Act.
This, he said, will assist in fasttracking legislative process as well as drafting and passage of the Executive Bill by the States Houses of Assembly, uniformity of all SSSEB Laws, and elimination of any contradicting provision that would exclude states from benefiting from the NSSEC fund.
“Establishment of the state Senior Secondary Education Boards will also give room for smooth implementation of NSSEC functions and mandate in all states,” the Executive Secretary added.
Continuing, he appealed to Akwa Ibom State government to provide a furnished office for use as the Commission’s provisional office, as well as land in Uyo for the Commission to erect its South-South zonal office.
Responding, the Deputy Governor, Senator, Dr. Akon Eyakenyi, expressed her State Government’s willingness to collaborating with the Commission. She further disclosed that land had already been earmarked for SSSEB in Uyo, and assured the Commission that Akwa Ibom State was adequately prepared to draft and pass the Executive Bill while the State House of Assembly was ready for its speedy passage.