Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has called on the Federal Government to present a new scheme and drive that would reconstruct the concept of basic education in Nigeria.
The Governor made the request when the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, led stakeholders in the education sector on a visit to the government house in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
Ayade expressed concern about Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds being allegedly reduced to political patronage and basic day to day survival.
Decrying the fallen standards of education in the country, the Governor stated that it was high time the funds were used to design an academic programme that would create a new direction and future for the nation.
The Governor charged whoever superintends over UBEC funds to add value to education in the country and embrace the training and retraining of teachers while reconstructing the value of UBEC for the good of the people.
Professor Anwuka commended the Cross River State Government for keying into the vision and aspirations of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
The Minister affirmed the ministry’s resolve to fashion out ways to boost the operations of UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the various states.
He said that they were determined to give a new lease of life to basic education in the country.
Former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs and a governorship aspirant in Benue State, Dr. Sam Ode, has promised to fix the basic education sector challenges if elected Governor of Benue State.
While declaring his ambition to be governor come may 2015, Dr Sam Ode listed education, agriculture, cottage industries, health care and local government reforms as key sectors he would use to transform the state.
The governorship aspiration of Dr Sam Ode on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is considered favourable and capable of fixing the infrastructural and social needs of the state among the 18 aspirants seeking to replace Governor Gabriel Suswam.
This was evident as the former minister arrived the IBB Square for his formal declaration amidst rousing ovation from his supporters.
Leaders from the three senatorial zones of Benue State, Salem Astehe, Ioryue Yajir and Sunday Onehi, also brought endorsement messages from their people.
Political watchers say Dr Sam Ode is considered a bridge between the two most dominant tribes in Benue State, the Tiv and Idoma, hence the dominant support he seems to be enjoying.
The Edo state government has made an appeal to leaders to provide good and sound education for its citizens as it is the bedrock of every development.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole said this during a town hall meeting organized to discuss the state of education in Benin, the state capital.
Oshiomhole said the state government’s target is to have every child of school age in school by providing free, compulsory and quality Basic Education.
He also said that the state has found out that some teachers in public schools are unqualified and that teachers no longer retire due to age falsification. He noted that only 1,287 out of 14,454 primary school teachers have records without discrepancies.
The State Governor further noted that many local government councils in the state cannot afford to pay primary school teachers, which is their basic responsibility, due to unchanging salary figures over the years.
He added that the state has introduced electronic payment of teachers’ salaries to eliminate fraud in the system.
A traditional ruler, HRH Kelvin Danesi Aidenojie of South Ibie Kingdom raised the issue of unqualified and insufficient teachers in the rural areas.
The state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr. Patrick Ikosimi said the governor’s figures were not authentic and that those in the civil service should also be reviewed in terms of age and qualification.
Earlier in a welcome address, the state Commissioner for Education, Washington Osifo encouraged teachers to be committed to their job and be good role models for their wards to emulate.