Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has explained how the government is using education to fight the security challenges in the state.
In his address at an event on Wednesday in Lafia, the governor believes young people will not engage in crimes if they are educated.
“We believe in basic education because that’s where to start,” he said while flagging off a three-day capacity building workshop for education secretaries in the state capital.
“We believe in science and technical education because, in Nasarawa State, we are using education to actually fight insecurity because we believe if people are well educated, independent, well-equipped, then they will get away from this security challenges that we are facing.”
Governor Sule commended the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for conceiving the training workshop with the theme “Improving the Capacities of Education Secretaries for School Effectiveness.”
According to him, the event is aimed at improving the efficiency of participants, as well as building the capacity of the education secretaries towards enhanced productivity.
The governor noted that with education being the bedrock for the socio-economic development of the society, the theme of the training workshop was apt.
He is hopeful that the event will enable the education secretaries to equip themselves with the requisite knowledge, in line with modern trends.
Elementary and basic education, according to Governor Sule, remains the foundation for better educational pursuits, and that explains why governments at various levels prioritise capacity building for teachers through regular training.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to providing a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The governor also thanked UBEC for undertaking various projects in the state, comprising the UBEC Model School ongoing in Lafia Local Government Area and the Second Chance School at Akwanga.
The education secretaries who attended the workshop were drawn from the 774 local government areas of the state.