By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has donated a $15 million model school to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Maj.-Gen. In-Tae Lee (Rtd), during the occasion assured that Korea would not hesitate to continue sharing experiences and assisting Nigeria in strengthening her educational sector and national capacity.
Lee further said that the Nigeria-Korea model school is the centre of excellence for multimedia education, saying that in the future the school could be used as a teachers training centre for multimedia education in FCT.
”The multimedia equipment supplied is worth more than 1.3 US dollars and maintenance is essential to ensure the best use of these facilities. ”Today KOICA is handing over all the multimedia equipment and educational resources that have been provided by the Korean Government.”, he said.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, in his remark noted that the establishment of a great educational institution in Nigeria’s Federal Capital City, would help deepen cordial relationship between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Korea.
The Minister who was represented by the FCT Minister of State, Dr.
Bello noted that the Nigeria-Korea model school was one of the most sought-after basic education institutions in the Federal Capital Territory, just as he commended the government and people of the Republic of Korea, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for bringing the project to fruition.
He charged the Primary Education Board to put the facility to effective and efficient use.
Bello also promised that the Administration will expedite construction of the senior secondary component of the school and ensure that it was as aesthetically appealing and academically enriching as its model basic education counterpart.
“Here in the FCT, we have long recognised the capacity of education to provide the most viable route towards the attainment of our nation’s growth objectives. Therefore, the development of the education sector will be given priority in our growth agenda.
“This will involve establishment of new schools, rehabilitation of existing ones, recruitment of teaching staff and of course the training and retaining teachers to keep them abreast of current teaching methods,” he affirmed.
In her remarks, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who was represented by the Director of Administration and Finance of the FCT Education Secretariat, Mallam Umar Marafa, stated that the school would no doubt raise the quality of learning and ultimately the quality of life of children in FCT.
According to her, “We want all our children, regardless of tribe, religion or circumstance to achieve their full potential. Our task as an Administration is to make it possible.
“It is on record that since the establishment of diplomatic ties in February, 1980, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Korea have progressively fostered closer and cordial relationship. This is undoubtedly another great leap in the right direction, all thanks to this laudable project by KOICA”.
She, however, appealed to KOICA to replicate the model school in the six geo-political zones across the federation, aimed at deepening the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Republic of Korea.