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. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, stressed the value of education in nation building, noting that education was the bedrock of modern societies and the foundation on which great nations were built.
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.
ASUU Strike: FG Reverses it Decision To Re-open Varsities.
By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja
The Federal Government has withdrew its circular which directed vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open Federal Universities.
Daily Asset reported earlier that a circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities.
But in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136 which was also signed by the Director, finance and account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order.
Though it did not explain why.
The letter tagged, “withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated 23rd September 2022” partly reads, “ I have been directed to withdraw the National Universities Commission (NUC) Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated 23″ September 2022 on the above
“Consequently, the said Circular stands
withdrawn. All Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Governing Councils, as well as Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities are to please note. Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.
“Please accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards”.
FG Commences Activities to Commemorate 2022 World Teachers Day.
By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja.
The Federal Government has commenced activities to Commemorate the 2022 World Teachers Day.
The theme for the year 2022 WTD which is “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers” strongly stresses the importance of empowering teachers for the effective transformation of education to ensure quality teaching and learning as well as galvanise technological advancements to meet the ever changing needs for national growth and development.
According Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Ministry of Education started this year’s preparation with a call for nomination instruments, attached therein, to State Ministries of Education and Federal Unity Colleges nationwide for the objective selection of meritorious nominees.
He added that the champions so selected would then compete for National Best School, Best Teacher and Best School Administrator in the Public, Private and Federal Unity Colleges categories.
The Minister further stated that the national implementation of the New National Teaching Policy has commenced.
”It is a holistic package that will ultimately address the career path, remuneration, professional teaching standards, qualification, deployment and management of teachers”.
Speaking at the conference, the National President of Nigerian Union of Teachers appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the “Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill”which provides for retirement of teachers on attainment of 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service.
ASUU: Speaker Calls for Prayer
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged students and all Nigerians to pray for an end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The speaker made the call on Tuesday shortly after recieved an award of Excellence as ”Speaker of the Year” 2022 from the National Association of University Students (NAUS).
He said that the call for prayer toward the end of the strike was in the best interest of the education sector and overall development of the country.
Abdullahi, who promised to provide purposeful leadership, said that the award would spur him to initiate bills and enact laws and pass resolutions for the development of the state and the country at large.
” I am pleased and honoured with this award; I am indeed very happy because this award will spur me to do more in terms of law making, passing meaningful resolutions and providing purposeful leadership at all times.
” I don’t know that my activities in the assmebly is being monitored by Nigerian students.
“My successes in the assemby are as a result of the maximum support and cooperation given to me by my colleagues in the assembly.
“We will continue to do our best toward changing the lives of our people and other Nigerians for the better,” he said.
The speaker noted that the assembly was doing all within its powers to ensure that the state university chapter of ASUU pulls out of the national strike and resume academic activities.
“We are friends of Nigeria students at our levels and we are doing our best to ensure that ASUU of our state university pulls out of the strike and resume academic activities.
“We have engaged the state government, ASUU officials and management of the university to ensure that the strike is suspended.
“The ongoing nationwide strike has affected and still affecting the lives of our children, especially the students negatively because an idle mind they say is the devil’s workshop.
”We sympathise with the students, because what is happening is called for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the strike come to an end,” he said.
The speaker, who assured the students of his support at all times, urged them to be hard working and take their studies seriously and desist from all forms of social vice to excel in life.
Earlier, Mr Abraham Mohammed, NAUS Deputy National President and Mr Taiwo Oluwasegun, its National Publicity Secretary, who spoke separately, said that the association awarded the speaker due to his stirling leadership.
Mohammed said, “we are here to identify with you and to award you as the best Speaker of the Year, 2022.
“This is in recognition of your dexterous leader acumen, passionate professional capabilities and outstanding contributions toward the development of the Nigeria students and the society at large.
“We the Nigeria students are proud of your all-inclusive and quality leadership style,” he said.
The vice-president solicited the assembly support toward the growth and development of the association.(NAN)
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