Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, says the Federal Government remains unwavering in its commitment to the attainment of Education 2030 vision for the speedy development of the country.
Adamu said this at the 15th joint convocation ceremony for the award of National Certificate of Education (NCE) and Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Education to 2004/2005-2015/2016 graduands of the Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State, in which a total of 11,947 comprising 9,625 NCE regular alongside 2,274 Sandwich and 48 Professional Diploma in Education graduands were presented with awards and certificates.
Represented by Bappa Aliyu Muhammadu, executive secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), said government would do everything possible to attain the educational goals of the nation.
The executive secretary noted that capacity building for teachers and development of vocational and entrepreneurial skills were part of government’s priority goals, while congratulating the graduands, their parents and guardians for the joy of fulfilment.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State expressed happiness that the college was only one year his senior, being 42 years old, adding that his administration was set to revamp the education sector and had therefore made it first point on the Thematic Areas.
The governor equally assured the college management that his administration would neither trivialise education nor play politics with it, as doing so would amount to playing with the future of our children and the future of this great nation.
He said: “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 also 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.
He promised to push harder, the call by the institution’s provost, 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 Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie, former inspector-general of police and chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore, former chief justice of Nigeria, and Tom Adaba, former director-general, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for distinguishing themselves.