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FCT Minister challenges officials to restore education to glory days

9th Sep, 2019 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Minister, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged heads of various agencies and departments of the FCT Administration (FCTA) Education Secretariat to take public education back to its glory days. Malam Bello gave the charge when he continued to receive briefings from the various Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) of the FCTA.

He disclosed that as a product of public education from primary to tertiary level, he is very appreciative of the education he received from his teachers and lecturers. What is currently lacking in today's public school system, he said, is The Minister charged teachers and school administrators to be more committed to their duties. "We owe it to God and humanity to change the system", he said. Malam Bello also told them that the consequences of internal bickering and infighting could be very dire indeed in the long run.

The briefing, which was also witnessed by the Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, and the Permanent Secretary, FCT, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, had all the heads of Boards, Departments and Agencies of the Secretariat making detailed presentations on their mandate , achievements, challenges and prospects. Malam Bello emphasized that education is the vehicle that will drive the agenda of change in FCT and reiterated that teachers should develop a passion for the profession, which he described as noble.

The Minister challenged the heads of boards and departments to show more commitment to duty as he intends to see positive changes over the next two years. The Minister also pledged that his Administration will devote a lot of time and resources to education and disclosed that it intends to complete all ongoing projects in the sector over the next 18 months.

Warning, however, that administrators and heads of departments and agencies must put in extra work, the Minister said "you, as line managers, must go the extra mile. You must put in that extra effort." Malam Bello also said that all the Boards, Agencies and Departments of the Secretariat must work according to their established mandates and deliver on those mandates adding that FCTA will place a lot of emphasis on quality, interms of services delivered , and not necessarily quantity.

On the issue of alleged sexual assault and cultism in FCT schools, the Minister said that this was sign of failure of management at the school level and challenged principals to take proper charge of their institutions. In her remarks, Dr. Aliyu called for synergy and communication amongst the various Boards and Departments of the Secretariat, emphasizing that this was the pathway to meet the yearnings of FCT residents. The briefing, which lasted almost seven hours, saw the heads of various agencies of the Secretariat engaging in frank discussions with the FCT Minister and senior management of FCTA.

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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