Education tops Bello’s second tenure priorities …ongoing projects complete in 18months
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has expressed its commitment to devote more resources to the education sector, as administration identified the sector as the vehicle that will drive the change agenda the FCT.
FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, said the FCTA under his leadership will complete all on-going projects in the education sector over the next 18 months.
Bello, who made the commitment while receiving briefs from the various secretariats, departments and agencies, SDAs, charged the teachers and school administrators to be more committed to their duties.
He charged the heads of the various agencies and departments of the FCT education secretariat to take public education back to its glory days.
The minister challenged the heads of the boards and departments that they should show more commitment to duty as he intends to see positive changes over the next two years.
He also told them that the consequences of internal bickering and in-fighting could be very dire indeed in the long run.
The briefing, which also had in attendance the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani and the permanent secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, had all the heads of boards, departments and agencies of the secretariat making detailed presentations on their mandate, achievements challenges and prospects.
He, however, said that administrators and heads of departments and agencies must put in extra work. “You as line managers must go the extra mile. You must put in that extra effort” he said.
Malam Bello also said that all the boards, agencies and departments of the secretariat must work according to their established mandates and deliver on those mandates adding that the administration will place a lot of emphasis on quality in terms of services delivered and not necessarily on quantity.
On the issue of alleged sexual assault and cultism in FCT schools, the minister said that this was failure of management at the school levels. He therefore challenged principals to take proper charge of their schools.
In her remarks, the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani, called for synergy and communication amongst the various boards and departments of the secretariat, emphasising that this was the panacea for meeting the yearnings of the people.