NBTE Governing Board Chairman Gives Inaugural Lecture

In recognition of her passion for education and interest in politics at both State and Federal levels, the Chairman of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Governing Board, Prof. (Mrs.) Modupe Adelabu took her turn to give the series 334 Inaugural Lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The lecture which took place on the 26th March, 2019 at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife, was titled “As it was in the beginning, so it is now: Politics and Education Policies in Nigeria”.

An education policy maker and implementer par excellence, her vast background as an academic educationist and foray into politics gave her an uncommon insight into the symbiotic relationship between education and politics.

Prof. Adelabu noted that the low female participation in Science and Technology gives them just a token representation in government and private sector. She therefore opined that gender mainstreaming will enable women to be positively influenced, participate and benefit from national development agenda.

She further stressed that tertiary education is fundamental to the construction of knowledge which becomes vital factor for political education where higher institutions and ideologies are formed.

The Chairman NBTE Governing Board, Prof. Modupe Adeola Adelabu (left) and the VC OAU Ile-Ife Professor Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede at the event.
The Chairman NBTE Governing Board, Prof. Modupe Adeola Adelabu (left) and the VC OAU Ile-Ife Professor Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede at the event.

While addressing the challenges and problems of recruiting and retraining quality teachers for Nigerian schools, Prof. Adelabu noted that for Nigeria to achieve a National Agenda on Education, government and its agencies must adopt practical measures in recruiting and retraining quality teachers.

This she noted must include radical improvement of the conditions of service of practicing teachers, professionalization of teaching in Nigeria, introduction of individualized and merit-driven promotion policy for school teachers, enactment of legislations on job-tenure of practicing teachers as well as an improved educational funding at least to conform to international minimum standards.

Prof. Adelabu who also stressed that Technical and Vocational education was the major panacea to poverty reduction and national development recounted her role as the Chairman Ekiti State Universal Basic Education sector, where she facilitated pupils' interest in TVET by introducing trade fair/exhibition of pupils' TVE activities as entrenched in the National Policy on Education among others.

While addressing the need to diversify Nigeria's economy, she noted that a vigorous reliance on Vocational and Technical Education was not only a panacea to poverty reduction but also an avenue for making education services relevant to both urban and rural dwellers.

From left: Ondo State Governor, H.E. Chief Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, his Ekiti State counterpart, H.E. Dr John Kayode Fayemi, CON, Chairman NBTE Board, Prof. Modupe Adelabu and the wife of Ekiti State Governor Erelu Bisi Fayemi at the event
From left: Ondo State Governor, H.E. Chief Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, his Ekiti State counterpart, H.E. Dr John Kayode Fayemi, CON, Chairman NBTE Board, Prof. Modupe Adelabu and the wife of Ekiti State Governor Erelu Bisi Fayemi at the event

Dignitaries at the occasion included the governors of Ekiti and Ondo states; the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti; representative of the NBTE Governing Board and Rector, Kwara State Polytechnic, Alh. Mas’ud Elelu; representatives of the NBTE Management, Alh. Suleiman S. Gwarzo and Alh. Hussaini Haruna Muhammad, Director Special Duties and Ag. Director Vocational, Technical and Skills Development respectively; Rector, Federal Polytechnic Ede, Dr. John Taiwo Adekolawole and NBTE Head of Media, Mr. Jacob Abang, among others.