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CoE will go into extinction if we keep converting them to universities – NCCE boss — Daily Nigerian



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Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, the Executive Secretary, National Commission of Colleges of Education, NCCE, says the country’s Colleges of Education, COE, will soon go into extinction if its conversion to universities is not stopped.

Mr Okwelle made this known in Abuja on Wednesday at a National Summit on the Future of Nigeria Certificate in Education, NCE, with the theme: ”Nigeria Certificate in Education: The Way Forward”.

He said that the continuous conversion of COE to universities had continued to pose a major challenge to the existence of the NCE programmes.

According to him, NCE is the minimum teaching qualification in the country and as such must be placed its core value in the teaching profession.

Another challenge to the existence of NCE programme is the spate at which colleges of education are being converted to universities without recourse to the provisions of the National Policy on Education.

”A few states recently converted their colleges of education to universities of education without informing NCCE as a supervisory body on how to graduate those students enrolled into NCE programmes before the conversion.

“At the federal level, there have been bills being passed at the National Assembly for few federal colleges of education to be converted into universities.

“This development needs to be revisited to avoid NCE from going into extinction thereby creating negative consequences for the whole education sector,” he said.

Mr Okwelle said that the parameters and criteria for conversion of any tertiary institutions needed to be well spelt out and commonly agreed upon by relevant stakeholders.

He said that the law establishing colleges of education as practiced in other climes could be amended to allow mature ones to operate on a dual mode, thereby, offering NCE programme and degree in specific courses; the capacities to run the programmes.

He also expressed worry over the proliferation of illegal NCE institutions as well as few universities running NCE programmes without approval.

He said that a committee was set up to look into these challenges and reports drawn from it had been harmonised and would soon be forwarded to the minister for consideration and further directive.

Mr Okwelle also bemoaned the appointment of unqualified principal officers by proprietors of colleges of education, saying that this had also contributed to major challenge in the sector.

“There are established cases of non-educationists being appointed as provosts of state and private colleges of education.

“This does not augur well for the image of those institutions and the country as a whole.

“This summit is hereby requested to come up with a framework that will promote the appointment of only qualified educationists to head the colleges so as to provide needed leadership in all NCE awarding Institutions,” he said.

Also, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu called for collective responsibility in repositioning and strengthening the quality of education in the country, saying “NCE is a strong pillar for the basic education level’’.

Mr Adamu, who was represented by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, David Gende, said that the quality of human development in any nation was dependent on the quality of its teachers through whom government policies were interpreted and implemented.

He, therefore, called for the need to have effective and qualified teachers to be adequately prepared for the teacher education institutions.

He said that this would help in having skillful teachers in the classrooms at the basic education level.

“Teachers we all know, occupy a central place in the teaching/learning process and NCE being the minimum teaching qualification at the Basic Education Level in our country.

“Implicit in the theme is the desire of the NCCE to join hands with other major stakeholders on education to address the disturbing concerns on the consistent waning and fading of the image, value and status of the NCE.

“Thus, making it less marketable today, especially when compared with what it was at inception, extending to the 80s and 90s.

“It is therefore envisaged that stakeholders will provide the needed platform to brainstorm and chart a way that will reinstate NCE to its past enviable old days of glory,” he said.

According to him, Nigeria, like every other nations of the world, is mindful and in tune with the global rapid socio-economic transformation and so reflected accordingly in our Economic Recovery Growth Plan.

“In line with this reality, the ministry remains religiously committed to the implementation of the African Charter Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals 4.

“Coincidentally enough, quality teachers form a critical component for both. This summit could therefore not have come at a better time,” he said.

The minister however said that if the theme of the summit was appropriately addressed, the country would be able to focus on getting it right for primary teacher education.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Dr Aminu Suleiman, said the committee would continue to partner with the commission to give NCE its due attention.

The Director-General, National Teachers Institute, NTI, Prof. Musa Garba called for the need to promote the status of NCE as well as the quality of the product of NTI.

In the same vein, the President of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, Dr Smart Olugbeko, said the union was ready to partner with the commission to get education right.

Mr Olugbeko, however, said that some lecturers in the colleges had not received salaries in the past nine months; a development he said would not advance the course of educational development in the sector.

He, therefore, called for the need to address all challenges the sector was faced with headlong.

The heads of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, TRCN, NERDC, among others were present to deliver their wealth of experiences to advance the sector.





Sanwo-Olu, GAC, Lagos APC urge party members to conduct themselves during congresses, primaries



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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during the forthcoming primary elections and congresses of the party in the State.


He also appealed to them to abide by the tenets of the ruling party during the primary elections, as well as the elections of local government, state and national delegates.


Governor Sanwo-Olu made the statement during the Lagos APC Stakeholders’ meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Acme Road, Ogba on Tuesday.


He said it is the responsibility of party members to live, work and dream in the tenets of the party as APC conducts its congresses across the state on Wednesday and therefore urged the party’s faithful to conduct themselves in an orderly manner and comply with the party’s guidelines.


In his address, the leader of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), the apex leadership body of Lagos APC, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, charged all the party members to work hard for the ruling party to retain Lagos during next year’s elections.


He also advised the party members to ensure that people with integrity are elected during APC congresses and primaries, adding that they must discourage saboteurs from being elected as delegates and party candidates during the APC primaries and 2023 polls respectively.


Also speaking, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, appealed to APC members to support, work and abide by any decision made to ensure the party’s success in order for it to continue to reign.


He appealed to the party members to sacrifice where necessary for the common interest and the progress of the ruling party, especially in the interest of the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is running for the 2023 presidency.


Speaking earlier, Lagos State APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said the business of forthcoming congress and primary elections of the party should not be seen as a do or die affair by the delegates.


He said they should see both the congress and the primaries as a contest.


Pastor Ojelabi while imploring party members to use internal mechanism to resolve conflicts said no local government chairman or party chairman at the council level had a right to write a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for redress on any issue without first exploring the internal conflict resolution of the party.


Lagos APC chairman also encouraged party leaders and members to show commitment and passion toward the ongoing continuous voters’ registration by encouraging people to register for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the June 30 deadline.


The stakeholder’s meeting was attended by Governor Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; GAC members, Lagos APC executives, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, members of the National Assembly and Lagos State House of Assembly, Conference 57 and party’s chairmen from 20 local governments and state’s technical support committee, among others.



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Why we must create a country that works for us all, by Osinbajo



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“We must create a country that works for us all – a peaceful and secure society founded on law and order and the rule of law; a society that enables commerce and values productivity, so that large and small businesses can grow and provide jobs and opportunities for millions of young people, a society where no one is left behind.”

These were the words of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, this morning when he was formally honoured with the award for Leadership Person of the Year 2021 at the Leadership Newspapers’ Annual Conference and Awards ceremony which held today at the International Conference Centre (ICC), in Abuja.

In January this year, Prof. Osinbajo was named the Leadership Person of the Year 2021, alongside the Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The leading national newspaper had noted in its citation that the VP is a worthy recipient of the award “for his key role in steadying the ship of state through the storms as well as laying the foundation for the social intervention programmes of the current administration.”

Speaking at the event, after receiving the award, the Vice President noted that we must also create a country that can provide, “by means of an effective social welfare scheme, a safety net for the very poor and the vulnerable; a united and tolerant nation where all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or political persuasion, are respected, treated fairly and justly, and have equal access to all opportunities.”

The VP added “we must build a Nigeria where a boy or girl does not say that, ‘I am from the South-West, or I am from the North-West, or South-South or North-East, or North-Central or South-East, but that I am a Nigerian, a citizen of one of the greatest and most prosperous nations on earth.

“This is the kind of Nigeria that those of us in this political tendency, to which Sam Nda-Isaiah belonged, all attest to and believe.”

Prof. Osinbajo dedicated the award to “millions of Nigerians who believe in this new Nigeria, and who retain faith in our possibilities as a people and are doing their best every day in their various corners to build this nation through honest endeavour.”

“To these people of goodwill who are working hard to promote peace, tolerance and to build a country that truly represents all of our dreams; to those working hard to build bridges, those who have refused to be frustrated or even wearied by the trials of our country as it grows and continues into the fullness of its manifest destiny.”

According to him, “it is because of such Nigerians, that despite the great challenges we are passing through on our march of progress, I am certain that we will build this great Nigerian nation that we all yearn for.”

Thanking the Management of the Leadership Group led by its Chairman, Mrs Zainab Nda-Isaiah for the recognition, the VP also commended the Group “for forging ahead” following the loss of its Founding Chairman and Publisher, late Sam Nda-Isaiah, who died in December 2020.

The event also marked the late publisher’s 60th post-humous birthday.

Prof. Osinbajo noted that “the late Sam Nda-Isaiah was a dogged achiever who stood for integrity in public life and embodied the finest traditions of Nigerian journalism. He believed fervently in the role of the media as an umpire of public discourse and in its mission of elevating the quality of public debate. I am gratified that the values he lived by continue to be ardently represented by this organization.”

The Vice President also recognized his co-awardee, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, who he noted is a globally affirmed finance and development expert, and a true Nigerian patriot.

“Every glass ceiling she has broken, and they are many, has inspired girls and women all over the world to reach for the highest heights in all fields of human endeavour,” he stated, regarding her.

Dignitaries present were several State Governors, including Dr Kayode Fayemi – Ekiti; Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya – Gombe; Bala Mohammed – Bauchi; Aminu Tambuwal – Sokoto;  members of the National Assembly and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Mr. Muhammad Sani Zorro, who represented the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

Other dignitaries included His Royal Highness, the Etsu of Nupe and Royal Father of the Day, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, who presented the award to the VP; Rev. Father Patrick Alumuku, who represented the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah; and also delivered the keynote address themed, “Resetting Nigeria: Culture, Politics, Geography and the role of Big Ideas.”

Senior government officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps also attended the event.

After the Abuja event, the VP proceeded to Kano State to continue his nationwide consultations with stakeholders and delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State.

Earlier on arrival in Kano this afternoon, the Vice President stopped by the scene of Tuesday morning’s explosion in Sabon Gari area of the State, to commiserate with victims, before proceeding with the interactions with the APC stakeholders.



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