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Echono retires, tasks stakeholders on training of Nigerian children

By Godfrey AKON

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, has retired from civil service with a charge on stakeholders to ensure proper academic training of Nigerian children to build a stronger nation.

Echono, who bowed out after completing his 35 years of service, spoke in Abuja at a brief handing over ceremony to mark his exit from the civil service.

According to him, the only solution to the multifaceted challenges facing Nigeria is the training of the children as that would prepare them to face the future.

He described the education sector as a critical sector to the national development, he added that If Nigeria trains her population, it will in turn create employment & build the workforce for the country.

“A lot of things are being unraveled by technology, and we can no longer pretend not to be aware of what’s happening.

“We must, unarguably, provide quality education that would help our people fend for themselves and contribute to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria and the world.

“If we train our people well and give them the relevant education, they would create employment for themselves and not wait for us on the highway to kidnap us.

“It is the responsibility of all to achieve that, and we must prepare our citizens for the challenge ahead,” he said.

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who attended the handing over ceremony, said himself and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, tried to persuade Echono to prolong his tenure but the outgoing perm sec rejected the offer.

Speaking on behalf of chief executives of educational parastatals, the Registrar of Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, said Echono’s exit would create a great challenge for anybody who would take over from him as he has been the livewire of the ministry.

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