TPL Ekpenyong Now Acting Executive Secretary of NBTE as Dr. Kazaure’s Ten Years Tenure Ends
Town Planner Ekpenyong Edet Ekpenyong is now the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). Mr. Ekpenyong, who is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and immediate past Chairman of the Kaduna State Chapter of the Institute, was handed down the interim leadership of the Board following the exit of the former Executive Secretary, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure, mni whose second and final term as the Executive Secretary of the Board ended on Monday 5th October, 2020.
Dr. Kazaure in a ceremony held at the Board’s Auditorium in Kaduna handed over to Mr Ekpenyong who happens to be the most senior Director of the Board.
Mr. Ekpenyong is to steer the affairs of the Board pending the appointment of a substantive Executive Secretary by the Federal Government.
In his handing over note, the out-going Executive Secretary asked for forgiveness by all those that he may have offended in the course of the discharge of his official duties, declaring also that he has forgiven all those who had offended him.
In an emotion laden address to the Management and staff of the Board Dr. Kazaure pegged his performance against the targets he set for himself on assumption of duty as the Executive Secretary of the Board ten years ago at 85%.
He said he expanded the number of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions (TVET) in the country from 162 in 2010 when he assumed duty as the Executive Secretary of the Board to 618, ten years after, disclosing that he was leaving the Board with a staff strength of 334, with over 64,000 Academic and non- Academic staff in TVET institutions and over 400,000 students at various levels in the TVET Institutions across the country.
The former Executive Secretary further explained that the Nigeria Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) has received the approval of the Federal Executive Council and youths across the country now have an opportunity to get recognized and certified skills beyond the formal class room setting and boost their employment chances, adding that the NSQF was the basis for the establishment of the National Council on Skills in which Nigeria's Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo is the Chairman with membership drawn across stakeholders.
He said that the Board under his leadership established and maintained partnerships with national and international organizations such as UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) among others which contributed in no small measure in advancing the objectives of the Board.
He also pointed out that he encouraged staff continuous training and development a policy that resulted in about ten staff bagging doctorate degrees and several others with Master degrees and other qualifications.
The former Executive Secretary revealed that the edifice housing the Board’s Auditorium and other offices which have helped in reducing the challenge of office accommodation was built during his administration while the former Nigeria/UNESCO Centre for TVET has been transformed to a Centre of Excellence for TVE and has become a UNEVOC Centre for the West African cluster.
Above all, Dr. Kazaure said the Board witnessed a total transformation in the area of restructuring from four departments to nine; a move he said opened up the space for more staff to climb the service ladder to senior positions and also helped address the problem of stagnation of staff on particular grade -levels for many years.
He however said his greatest regret is his inability to computerize the Board and urged the Management to encourage whoever may be appointed as the new Executive Secretary to do so, stressing that his inability to execute the project is one of the aspects he scored himself below pass mark but expressed the hope that having put in place the designs and other necessary preparations, it will be easier for the new Chief Executive to deliver the project.
Dr. Kazaure who became emotional with tears while addressing the staff appreciated his closest staff whom he acknowledged made life easy for him while he served including his personal driver, Mal. Tukur, the Director of Special Duties, Suleiman Gwarzo, who was more of a Personal Assistant to him, his secretary Mrs. Helen Abba, Mr. Aliyu Hassan, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed and his office assistant, Mal. Muhammad and prayed God to reward them for their sacrifice.
He commended the Management and staff of the Board for their cooperation and urged them to sustain the Staff and Management Meeting to ensure good working relationship in the Board.
The acting Executive Secretary, TPL Ekpenyong in his response congratulated Dr. Kazaure for his meritorious service to the Board and the country. He informed him that his service was appreciated and the Board will always be grateful to him and will also need his knowledge and experience for the good of the TVET sector.
Mr Ekpenyong pointed that not every target one sets is achieved because of many factors including availability of funds and even time and further pledged that the management will make efforts to see to the completion of laudable programmes and projects embarked upon by the outgoing Executive Secretary, while also praying God to guide and protect him in his future endeavours.
He called on members of staff to extend the same support and cooperation they gave the outgoing Executive Secretary to the interim leadership with him as the head and the substantive Executive Secretary when appointed.
On his part, the President of the Board’s Technical Education Board Senior Staff Association (TEBSSA) Alh. Musa Hadeja acknowledged Dr. Kazaure’s welfare policy of timely promotion of staff and non-interference in the Association's activities as well as the consideration of the Association for consultation on matters concerning the progress of the Board.
Other staff members including the Head of Media and Public Relations, Mr. Jacob Abang, Dr. Fatima Umar Kabiru, Mr. Kenneth Anarado among others lauded the humane disposition of Dr. Kazaure and his visionary leadership that helped develop the Board and the TVET sector in the country to its present status.
Mr. Jacob Abang also appealed to the incoming administration to ‘reactivate’ the social life among staff of the Board to create an avenue to celebrate staff who have served the Board and the nation meritoriously.
TPl Ekpenyong who is currently the Director of Physical Planning and Development of NBTE was born on the 22nd January 1961 in Obio Usiere , Eniong Ababtin, Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State. He attended St. George’s School Atan Onoyon, Archibong Memorial Secondary School, Ukpom, The Polytechnic, Calabar where he obtained the National and Higher National Diplomas in Urban and Regional Planning and the Federal University of Technology, Minna where he obtained the Master of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
TPl Ekpenyong who has rendered professional planning services through a couple of Planning Consultancy services, joined the services of NBTE in year 2001 as an Assistant Chief Planning Officer where he rose to the rank of a Director of the Board.