Saturday, 27 November 2021 22:19

FG disburses N6bn to 6 colleges for curriculum devt, others

The Federal Government says it has released N6 billion to enhance teaching, periodic curriculum review and development in six colleges of education across the country.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated this on Saturday at the 6th – 35th combined convocation ceremony (1991/1992- 2020/2021) of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe.

Adamu said the funds were provided to the schools through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Adamu, represented by Prof Paulinus Okwelle, Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), said each of the institutions received N1 billion as take off grant for the project.

He said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had initiated reform policies aimed at repositioning the education sector and improving Nigeria’s human capital index.

Adamu said that government relied on the education system to produce the needed manpower and skills development to put the country on the path of industrialisation.

“Nigeria’s vision of becoming one of the 20 largest economies by 2030 is hinged on mass production of citizens with requisite vocational, technical skills and competencies.

While urging lecturers to meet the requirement for grant to advance the course of research in technical education, Adamu said the Federal Government had also made research grants available in that regard.

Earlier, Alhaji Sahabi Gada, Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, commended the Federal Government for the timely intervention in awarding erosion control project under the Ecological Fund, to address erosion problem in the college.

Gada advised graduating students to effectively utilise the technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills to become self-reliant and employers of labour, adding that, “entrepreneurship is the answer to unemployment challenges.”

Also speaking, Dr Ali Adamu, Provost of the college, said that the institution which started with 100 students in 1990 had produced over 20,000 National Certificate in Education (NCE) holders. (NAN)

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