By Moses Kolo
The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, on Tuesday reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government towards improving the quality of education in the country.
Sununu stated this while declaring open the 1st Annual National Conference of the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), in Kaduna.
The theme of the conference was; ” Re-directing the Focus of Education Stakeholders Towards Modern Process of Producing Competent, Dedicated and Professional Teachers in Nigeria.”
Represented by Mr Sani Adamu, his Personal Assistant, Sununu said the Federal Government had particular interest in teachers training and their continuous development of in the country.
The minister emphasised the need for each stakeholder in the educational sector to play a unique role to help increase support for educational activities.
“ This underscores the fact that team efforts help to achieve much and increase the chances of success in reaching set goals.
“ There are several entities who serve as stakeholders in education including; government at all levels, teachers, parents, students, community and others,” Sununu added.
The minister, however, commended NTI for organising the conference, saying that the theme is apt and timely.
”This underscores NTI’s steadfastness to the realisation of strategic goals of producing competent, dedicated and professional teachers in Nigeria as captured in the recently developed Educational Sector Roadmap 2024-2027.”
Earlier, Prof. Musa Garba-Maitafsir, Director and Chief Executive of NTI, said in collaboration with other stakeholders, it was determined to brace up with the challenge that bedeviled the educational sector.
He said the institute had in the last two years changed its style of operation to serve not just as an administrative but academic outfit.
“ Our focus now is on e-facilitation as we have now embarked on the training of our staff to be e-facilitators.
“ We have already implemented the e-facilitation programme in; Borno, Adamawa and Yobe where we have trained over 18,000 primary school teachers.”
Garba-Maitafsir, who described the stakeholders at the conference as the backbone of education, urged them to convince their governors on what should be done right.
According to him, when we do this, we are going to have change in 10 years to come.
“ We are determined to change the narrative of what is obtained today in the educational sector for the betterment of tomorrow,” he said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani
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