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FCTA takes over $15m ultra-modern Nigeria-Korea Model School
* Secondary school section coming, says Minister
* Korean Govt hails FCT for embracing ICT-driven education

24th Sep, 2019 | By Muhammad S. Lawal and Wisdom Acka | ||

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja. Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who took over the school on behalf of FCTA promised that government would maintain the institution's global standards and work towards establishment of a senior secondary section for the school.

The Minister, who was represented at the hand-over ceremony at Piwoyi, Abuja by the Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, stated that education was the bedrock of modernization and greatness, adding that the project would further deepen the already cordial relationship between Nigeria and South Korea. He said: "The building of this school was a process that not only saw the establishment of a great educational institution in Nigeria's Federal Capital City, but also the deepening of a very cordial relationship between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Korea.

"As we are no doubt aware, education is the bedrock of modern societies and the foundation on which great nations are built. "South Korea, perhaps more than most countries, has demonstrated this fact. With a literacy level that is almost 100%, it has one of the best ICT infrastructure and internet penetration, strong social institutions and a robust economy. "That is why we wholeheartedly embraced this project from inception to completion and commissioning last year by the representative of Mr. President."

Revealing that the school is already one of the most sought-after in Abuja, the Minister tasked the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) "to manage it effectively and efficiently so it remains a model school and a standard on which other public institutions in the FCT will be measured." Malam Bello thanked the Government and people of Korea, the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for bringing the project to fruition.

He pledged: "We promise to expedite construction of the senior secondary component of the school and ensure that it is as aesthetically appealing and academically enriching as its model basic education counterpart.'' Stressing the importance of education in providing the most viable route towards attainment of our nation's growth objectives, the Minister expressed commitment to prioritize the development of the sector including "establishment of new schools, rehabilitation of existing ones, recruitment of teaching staff and of course, the training and retaining of teachers to keep them abreast of current teaching methods."

Reiterating the imperative for Organized Private Sector (OPS) and other stakeholders to assist government in education, he restated that it could not be left for government alone to shoulder. Therefore, he called on business concerns to invest in the sector as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility even as he guaranteed security of their investments. Earlier, the FCT Minister of State, whose speech was read by Acting Secretary for Education, Alhaji Umar Marafa, expressed hope that the project would raise the quality of learning and life of our children.

The Minister of State added that FCTA is committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of tribe, religion or circumstance, achieved their full potential. She said: "After receiving briefs from stakeholders on the giant stride made by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) by building and equipping this ultra-modern school valued at $15 million in our beloved city, the FCT, the right choice of words to express our profound gratitude for this enduring and fruitful bilateral relationship in which FCT is the greatest beneficiary, eluded me."

According to her, completion of the project was another "great leap in the right direction, all thanks to this laudable project by KOICA." She, however, appealed to KOICA "to replicate the model school in the six geo-political zones across the Federation. I sincerely believe that this is achievable." In his remarks, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Maj. Gen. In-tae Lee (rtd) stated that the USD15 million project was another example of close cooperation and partnership between the two countries.

According to Lee, education empowers and strengthens the capacity of any country, saying this is why "Korea puts education as one of the three pillars in our development cooperation strategy for Nigeria." Lee noted that Nigeria was taking the right steps by moving forward to adopt ICT-based model education systems and urged the country to ''enjoy its abundant benefits." He called for the construction of teachers' quarters, a gymnasium and multipurpose hall, saying they were ''very important components'' of the school.

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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