The Minister of state for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says the Federal Government is set to reposition the 110 unity colleges across the country for optimum performance.
Mr Nwajiuba stated this while declaring open the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Principals of Unity Colleges in the country, in Gombe, the Gombe State Capital.
In his speech titled “Repositioning Federal Unity Colleges”, the minister said the Federal Government was determined to bring back quality and standard to Federal Unity Colleges through adequate funding, strict supervision and re-evaluation of the entire system.
The Ministry of education will not spare any officer found wanting under the new dispensation, as such officers will be shown the way out of service,he said, adding that change has come into the education sector f for good.
Mr Nwajiuba stressed the need for training and retraining to prepare teachers for the unfolding dispensation, which is fast ushering in new developments that will contribute to the evolution of a strong democratic, prosperous, invincible and sovereign Nation.
He expressed optimism that resolutions reached at the 2021 AGM would help tremendously in addressing some of the challenges bedeviling the education sector, not only in Unity Colleges but also in Nigeria as a whole.
The Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr Manasseh Daniel Jato told the gathering that the Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya-led administration had, at its inception, declared a state of emergency in the state’s education sector, which led to the establishment of the Leadership Training Center in the State as well as Massive renovation of Infrastructure in schools, Improvement of health infrastructure in schools, especially against the backdrop of COVID-19, and Modernization of the Sangaya (Almajiri) Educational System.
In his welcome address, permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, hinted that the AGM was an avenue where issues of crucial importance to the growth and development of Education in Federal Unity Colleges were discussed.
He added that such discussion would also improve the managerial Capacity of school Principals.