“Treat Education as an Emergency Second Only to War” - NBTE Board Chairman
The Chairman of the Governing Board of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Modupe Adelabu has charged members of the Governing Board to treat education as an emergency second only to war.
Prof. Adelabu who gave the charge in an address she delivered at the 80th Regular Meeting of the Board in Kaduna said education is the best panacea for poverty, empowerment and national development.
According to her, “We are saddled with an important responsibility within a very crucial sector of our nation which is unfortunately going through crisis, let us all , as critical stakeholders in the education project , treat education as an emergency second only to war”
The Chairman, who noted that the acute shortage of technical manpower both in quantity and quality has been a major constraint to national development, said the Board need to work to infuse quality in the educational system especially in the technical and vocational education (TVE).
She reiterated that the job of the governing board is to assist and support the Executive Secretary in the implementation of government policies to give the turn around that technical and technological education needs in the country.
She outlined major areas which she said the Board would focus its attention in order to make a difference from what it used to be in the past. These according to the Chairman include Quality Assurance, Quality of Staff, Quality of Students in-takes, Improvement of Infrastructure, Curriculum Review, Institution-Industry linkages, Funding, and Creation of Centres of Excellence (CoE) in the institutions.
Speaking on the Centres of Excellence, the Chairman said such centres would concentrate, focus and commit to stimulating the development of teaching and learning and enhance innovative teaching and learning methods based on updated research and uses of ICT as integrated part of the learning process.
Prof. Adelabu tasked NBTE to be committed to encouraging TVET institutions managers to establish CoEs in their various institutions, while also expressing the hope that the Board will make better impact if it focuses on the areas it has identified rather than generalizing their vision.
While calling on other members to come up with their suggestions on how to reposition the sector, the Chairman urged them not to fail the Honourable Minister of Education and the President who appointed them by not contributing their own quota to the revamping and development of the sub-sector.
The Prof. Modupe Adelabu led Governing Board which was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Education, Mal Adamu Adamu on March 22, 2018 held its inaugural meeting on April 17, 2018 at the NBTE Board Room in Kaduna.
Attendance at the meeting included the Board Chairman, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, Chief Agwu Ahamefule Ndubuisi and TPl. Abdul Shaba Panti. Others included Prof. Emmanuel Adanu, Executive Director NWRI, representing Federal Ministry of Water Resources; Prof Garba H. Sharubu, Provost Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology Vom, representing NARCHARD; Prof. M.D Salihu, Provost College of Agriculture Lafia, representing NARCHARD; Prof Danladi Slim Matawal, representing Federal Ministry of Science and Technology; Dr. (Mrs.) C.U. Njoku, representing Polytechnics (COHEADS); Alh Masaud Elelu, representing Polytechnics (COHEADS); Alh M. L. Jibia, representing Ministry of Labour; and Dr Lami Amodu, representing Technical Colleges.