Dr. Kazaure Winds Down as ES NBTE
Following his re-appointment as the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for the 2nd and final tenure of five years with effect from 6th October, 2015, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure mni is winding down as the Executive Secretary of Board at the expiration of his second term on 5th October, 2020.
He was first appointed as the fifth Executive Secretary of the Board in October, 2010 and was later re-appointed for the second and final term of five years on 6th October, 2015.
Dr. Kazaure who is already preparing his handing over note has in the same vein requested all departmental heads to submit their handing over notes including achievements of their departments in the past five years.
In a circular to all Directors of the Board dated 2nd July, 2020 and titled “Expiration of 2nd/Final Tenure of the Executive Secretary and Request for Handing over Notes”, The Executive Secretary had recalled that President Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR had approved his 2nd and final term of five years with effect from 6th October, 2015 with the exit date on 5th October, 2020.
The circular which was signed by Mal. Sulaiman Sa’ad Gwarzo, the Director Special Duties on behalf of the Executive Secretary reads in part “I am directed to request you to kindly prepare your departmental handing over notes including achievements in the last 5 years to serve as input into the ES’s final handing over notes”.
Dr. Kazaure who turned 60 on 15th July 2020, is from the Kazaure emirate of Jigawa State. He holds undergraduate and post graduate degrees up to a doctorate in Chemistry from Bayero University, Kano, obtained between 1985 and 1996. He began his working career in 1987 as a teacher with the Government Secondary School, Kazaure. He has also taught at the Jigawa State College of Education, Gumel as well as Bayero University, his alma mater, where he was at various times Head of Department of Polymer Chemistry and Deputy/Acting Dean of Students Affairs. Dr. Kazaure became the Rector of the then state-owned Hussaini Adamu Polytechnic, Kazaure in 2000 and was again appointed the Rector of the same institution in 2007 after its take-over by the Federal Government. He has served as a member of the NBTE Governing Board representing the Polytechnics from 2001- 2010 and was in 2007 elected as the Chairman of the Council of Heads of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology (COHEADS) in Nigeria by his colleagues. Dr. Kazaure is an astute academic and administrator and holds the fellowships of many Polytechnics in Nigeria and the Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN), Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) as well as being an alumnus of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru amongst others. He is a recipient of many Merit and Excellence awards including the revered traditional title of Magajin Mallam Kazaure.
In his inaugural speech on assumption of duty as the Executive Secretary of NBTE in 2010, Dr. Kazaure promised to sustain the esteemed position of the Board nationally and internationally through articulation of ideas predicated on innovative reforms and new policy initiatives, give priority attention to staff welfare development and training, regular and consistent promotion of deserving staff, provision of staff housing and accommodation as well as pursue the implementation of current initiatives intended to lift the TVET sector to greater heights among others.
In Keeping the promises, Dr. Kazaure had taken the development of the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) from its embryonic stage where he met it in 2010 to the stage where the Board has secured approval for a six level qualifications for Nigeria by the Federal Executive Council in 2013, trained over 1000 Nigerians as quality assurance assessors and qualifiers for NSQF, appointed Sector Skills Councils and training providers, developed a wide range of National Occupational Standards (NOS) as well as achieved the establishment and inauguration of the National Council on Skills, all in a bit to ensure the institutionalization of the NSQF in Nigeria.
In addition and in line with the Ministerial Strategic goal of increasing access for young Nigerians into tertiary institutions, a total of 44 Private Polytechnics were granted approval and operational licenses since 2010 making the number of private polytechnics in Nigeria as at 2010 to rise from 17 to 61 in 2020 as well as the establishment of more Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEIs) and Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) to widen access to TVET system of education.
Similarly, in an effort to sustain quality assurance in institutions under the purview of the Board, Dr. Kazaure ensured that accreditation, resources inspection exercises and curriculum reviews and development were carried out regularly and when necessary to meet the needs of the society where a total of 656 institutions were visited, 2,531 programmes accredited while 1,404 programmes were granted approval to commence from 2010 to date.
To enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness, Dr. Kazaure restructured the Board from four departments as he met it in 2010 to nine departments today. The Programmes department was split into three departments including Polytechnic Programmes, Monotechnic Programmes and Vocational Technical and Skills Development Departments. Planning research and Statistics Department was also split into Academic Planning, Research, Statistics and ICT and Physical Planning and Development Departments. While Finance and Accounts and Human Resources departments maintained their former status, the Executive Secretary’s Office was upgraded to the status of a department and headed by a director while the former NBTE-UNESCO Centre was converted to a department in charge of partnerships and human capacity development for not only the Board but also for the entire TVET sector.
In the same vein, Dr. Kazaure secured the approval for the establishment of the Board’s offices in the six geopolitical zones of the country. The offices are located at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos for the South West zone; Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, South East zone; Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, South South zone; Federal Polytechnic, Bida, North Central zone; Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, North West zone; and Federal Polytechnic, Mubi for the North East zone. However, the offices are still lying on their bellies due to non-budgetary provision for their eventual take off.
Also, on assumption of duty in 2010 Dr. Kazaure had met a demoralized and demotivated workforce owning to frustration arising from irregular promotion and stagnation on a particular rank. He had in response promised to reverse the trend by ensuring that staff got promoted at when due. He kept this promise as staff that were qualified for promotion got promoted without any delay. Dr. Kazaure also ensured that staffs that were due and qualified to be promoted as Deputy Directors got promoted with or without portfolio; a situation that such staff had remained stagnated for up to fifteen years before he became the Executive Secretary.