Shekarau Urges Buhari To Sustain Jonathan’s Education Transformation Agenda

EducationNigeria’s incoming government have been urged to consolidate on the transformation agenda of the current administration  in the education sector, without considering the political differences.

The Minister of Education, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, made the statement during his maiden visit to the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede In Owerri the Imo State capital, South-east Nigeria.

Mr Shekarau told reporters that if given more and adequate funding, polytechnics were capable of helping Nigeria attain a high technological development base, as most developed countries in the world.

He also advised the incoming General Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to sustain the two cardinal factors of the present government in education which include; increasing access to education and improving the quality of education.

In his earliest visit to the school, Mr Shekarau met with the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Mrs Celina Njoku and had brief interaction with the management and staff of the institution.

After the meeting, Mr Shekarau, accompanied by the Minister of State for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri and the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education, Dr Masaudu Kazaure, proceeded to commission some of projects built by the Federal Government through the TETFUND special intervention and some other projects initiated by the school’s management.

Complementing his statements, Professor Onwuliri noted that the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had achieved a lot in the education sector, stressing that adequate funding would make Nigeria’s educational system more enviable.

However, Mrs Njoku commended the Minister for the visit and lodged  a complaint over the one billion Naira High Impact Funding for polytechnics in Nigeria which her school did not benefit from

Some of the project commissioned include the new School of Business Management complex, 500 capacity engineering lecture theater, chemical engineering department, the E-library, classroom complex and the fabrication and production workshop.

Polytechnic Lecturers Resume After 10 Month Strike

vlcsnap-2014-07-16-11h34m58s227Polytechnic lecturers over the country have resumed duty after embarking on a 10 month old strike was suspended to enable the new Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau settle down in office.

Channels Television visited some Polytechnics around the country to capture the mood of students and lecturers as they gradually settle for a long break.

The Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Owerri, Imo State said they are set to resume academic activities as soon as students troop into their campus on the day of resumption.

The Deputy Rector of the polytechnic, Desmon Okparaku, said both the lecturers and students are happy to be back after the long strike.

However, in Yaba College of Technology, most of the students who were hoping to resume immediately were asked to hold as lecturers of the institution were hholding a meeting to make a decision on the next step.

A student of the Institution, who had checked the notice board to find some information about the called off strike, was told by his mates that the school authorities were having a meeting.

The ASUP Chairman, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos chapter, Mr Adeyemi Aromolaran, said the chapter formally announced officially that the 10 month old strike had been suspended for three months and urged lecturers to double their effort in gaining some of the lost period activities.

He further stated that “it will be wrong for people to believe that students should resume lectures today,” he said, explaining that the strike was called off today.

However students and lecturers said it was a right directive for the union to call off the strike.