The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to eliminate quackery in the teaching profession as steps are being taken to ensure that only qualified teachers are allowed to teach in the nation’s education sector.
The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said this in Abuja shortly after monitoring the entrance examination into unity colleges, organized by the National Examination Council (NECO).
He said that the days of the teaching profession being an all comers’ affair is now over.
The Registrar of the National Examination Council, Mr Abdullahi Garba, who also monitored the conduct of the examination in Abuja announced plans by the council to embrace Computer Based Testing (CBT) starting with Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE).
Three men suspected to be engaged in blackmail of highly placed Nigerians in order to extort money from them have been paraded by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Addressing a news conference in Abuja on the fraudulent activities of the three-man gang, Spokesman of the DSS, Mr Abdullahi Garba, warned mischief makers and self-appointed security experts who claim expertise on sensitive security matters to beware of their actions. He said that the Service will not hesitate to deal with such persons.
The alleged leader of the three-man gang, Hussaini Monguno, however denied the allegation against them, claiming they never blackmailed or attempted to blackmail any Nigerian.
“I have never gone to any individual or any group to claim that I am a Colonel soliciting for money. That’s not true. I have never done that before,” he said.