FG will continue to invest big in education – Minister
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has assured that the Federal Government will continue to invest heavily in education to boost the quality of teaching and learning in the country.
Adamu made the promise in a message he sent to the 33rd convocation ceremony for the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, near Nsukka in Enugu state on Saturday.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that no fewer than 1,611 students have been awarded the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE), while a further 69 have obtained their Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) from the institution.
Adamu said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had always paid special attention to education, which he said influenced the decision to raise the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65.
“This administration invests heavily in education to ensure quality teaching and learning.
“The government has ensured that all tertiary institutions in the country receive strong interventions from TetFund to boost infrastructure in institutions.
“Many structures that I inaugurated today in this university before the convocation ceremony, testify to the enormous government funding for the country’s tertiary institutions.
“It is because of the government’s regard for teachers as critical stakeholders in education that it raised the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65,” he said.
Adamu, represented by Mr. Chukuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, urged teachers to reciprocate the government’s gesture with their duties and be good role models for students.
“Teachers are critical stakeholders in education, so they should always strive to conduct themselves with the dignity and respect that the teaching profession deserves.
“I congratulate the University Chancellor, Dr. Pauline Ikwuegbu, for her good performance and judicious use of funds as she testified at the opening of the university today.”
The minister, who congratulated the students, advised them to take advantage of the knowledge acquired to contribute their dues to national development.
Also speaking, Ikwuegbu, who is also the university’s first female president, said the convocation was meant to award certificates to students who are found worthy in character and learning.
“In this 33rd call, we awarded NCE certificates to 1,611 graduates and PDE certificates to 69, having been found worthy in character and learning.
“I congratulate you on the successful completion of your courses and I urge you to always be good ambassadors of your alma mater.
“Do not see your academic achievement today as the climax, but as a pedestal for more academic activities in life.”
He listed some of his achievements since taking office in 2018, attributing them to the good working relationship between staff, students, management and the university’s governing council.
The rector expressed his gratitude to the minister for finding time to witness the 33rd convocation and the 40th anniversary of the school, as well as the inauguration of the projects completed within the three years of his administration.
Some of the inaugurated projects include an administrative building, an auditorium with capacity for 1,000 people and a country house, where chickens, rodents and pigs would be raised.
New buildings for the school of arts, the school of social sciences and the language school were also inaugurated.
Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Faculties of Education and Mr. Doifie Buokoribe, President of the Governing Council of FCE Eha-Amufu also attended the convocation.
In their separate comments, they praised the chancellor for her accomplishments within three years of taking office, urging her to keep it up.
Some of the graduates said in separate interviews that they were grateful to God who made it possible for them to graduate successfully, promising that they would be good ambassadors for the college