By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on has declared that the Federal Government remains unwavering in its commitment to the attainment of Education 2030 vision for the speedy development of the country.
The Minister disclosed this at the 15th Joint Convocation Ceremony for the Award of Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) and Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Education to 2004/2005-2015/2016 graduants of the Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi.
Adamu who was represented by Prof Bappa Aliyu Muhammadu, Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) said that government would do everything possible to attain the educational goals of the nation.
The Visitor to the College noted that capacity building for teachers and development of vocational and entrepreneurial skills were part of government’s priority goals as he congratulated the graduands, their parents and guardians for the “Joy of fulfillment.”
Also speaking, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi who was elated that the college was only one year his senior, being 42 years old, said his administration was set to revamp the education sector and had therefore, made it first point on the Thematic Areas.
Bello assured that his administration would neither trivialize education nor play politics with it as doing so would amount to playing with “our future and the future of this great nation.
“We are going to revamp our educational sector and even build new structures. We are going to embark on massive renovation of schools’ structures. we are also going to embark on massive recruitment of teachers.
“Teachers’ salaries shall be on first line charge from now on”, Bello said and directed that a Pedestrian bridge be constructed across the road opposite the college gate with a police post established in the college to ensure security of lives and property of staff and students.
The Governor promised to push harder, the call by the institution’s Provost, Associate Prof. Iyela Ajayi for upgrading of the college to a full-fledged University of Education as he commended the establishment of Centre for skills acquisition with a promise to support for Centre for Culture and Traditional Languages.
Three eminent Nigerians received the college’s highest honour, “The Fellowship of the Federal College of Education” at convocation ceremony.
They include Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, former Inspector-General of Police (IG) and Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore, former Chief Justice of Nigeria and Dr Tom Adaba, former Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for distinguishing themselves.
A total of 11,947 comprising 9,625 NCE regular alongside 2,274 Sandwich and 48 Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) graduands from 2004/2005 to 2015/2016 were presented with awards and certificates.