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FCTA, NOUN to collaborate on manpower development, research

Jul, 2021 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Machinery is being put in place to strengthen collaboration between Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), especially in the areas of manpower development and research. FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who disclosed this when he received a delegation of the University, led by its Vice Chancellor, Professor Olufemi Peters, on a courtesy visit to FCTA, said such collaboration will close the gaps in capacity development of FCTA which has a workforce of over 27,000.

In the words of the Minister: "We pride ourselves as an institution that strives to train and retrain its staff over the period of time. In the past, that was done through a combination of public sector institutions as well private sector institutions. But because we have such a large bureaucracy of over 27,000 workers, there is a lot we can do together. "We will look at what is available and then we factor you in our annual training plans and then we see what is possible. Some of the training will be targeted to our specific needs in terms of our locality and also our peculiar situation as a Ministry that is meant to develop an ongoing city under construction."

Other areas the University could collaborate with FCTA, the Minister said, were in interventions on converting waste to wealth as well as research into the root cause of gridlocks in some areas of FCT with a view of proffering solutions for a more environment-friendly and livable city. Malam Bello urged the University to interact closely with FCTA's various departments and discover for themselves more areas of possible collaboration with the Administration, adding "we will encourage your faculty to create time to interact more closely with our various departments, get to know what is available, move round the city, see problems and then proffer solutions. Just ask for permission so that we can give you access and also background information and data."

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor had itemized areas that the University could partner with FCTA to include capacity building for primary and secondary school teachers in Information Communication Technology (ICT), civil servants for service delivery and entrepreneurship education for the youth. Other areas of possible collaborations are research on environmental pollution and traffic congestion. He also appealed to the Minister for partnership between FCTA and NOUN that would enable students of the University to undertake their teaching practice, Industrial Training (IT) and clinical postings and practical in FCTA-owned facilities.

Present at the meeting were the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola; Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu; Director, Human Resource Management, Malam Bashir Mohammed; Acting Secretary, Education Secretariat, Alhaji Abdulrazak Leramoh; and other senior officials of FCTA and NOUN.

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Unfurling a seven-leg package of measures, it said some of them were already in place from early May, 2021 when symptoms of the diarrheal disease surfaced, adding that this included the formation of Cholera Emergency Operation Centres.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who received the delegation, expressed excitement about the project, saying that establishing the medical centre in Abuja will not only attract people seeking medical attention within the African continent.

The minister who gave the stop work order during an inspection tour of facilities at the primary healthcare centre, also revealed that the FCT Administration would set up a committee to ascertain the viability of the ongoing construction work to the primary healthcare centre.

In a move that will bring sunshine and joy to residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senate has passed the sum of N329, 963,491,523 billion as statutory budget for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the year 2021.


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