BY DAYO ADESULU
FAWEHINMI Mohammed has called for the immediate removal of the Minister of Education, Prof
for lack of competence in allowing the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ( ASUU )to proceed on one week warning strike saying that it was a strike that was avoidable.
Fawehinmi, an alumnus of St Saviour’s Schools, Ebute-Metta from 1973 – 1978 made this statement recently at the sixty anniversary to mark the school diamond year of delivering qualitative education to Nigerians.
He noted that to revamp the education sector, President Goodluck Jonathan as a matter of urgency should sack both Ministers of Education, Prof Ruqayyatu Rufai and her counterpart Mr. Kenneth Gbagi, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, for what he discribed as lack of competence and insensitivity to the problem bedeviling the sector.
According to the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s son, there are more competent hands in the north who could Man the sector than Prof Ruqayyatu Rufai saying: “As a competent Minister, she should not have waited for ASUU to proceed on strike before meddling into it as it was an agreement already signed in 2009 between ASUU\FG.” He argued that her appointment as a minister was basically on PDP platform and not on competence.
The Lawyer lamented the poor remunerations for teachers and lecturers in our country, arguing that Nigerian lecturers are still the less paid all over the world. He made reference to a university don who lectured for several decades without owning a building he can refer to as his own. Fawehinmi, maintained that until a good structure for the sector is put in place we will not be able to get the best for our children.
Also speaking, an Anglican Priest, Van Nwadiaro charged the leadership of our country to engage in economic programme that will alleviate the suffering of the citizenry saying that the economy is far from buoyant as the purchasing power of our Naira keeps depreciating by the day.
Nwadiaro who enjoined the Administrators and Alumni of St. Saviour’s Schools not to tread the foot path of Nigeria who was born fifty-one-year ago and refused to grow to adulthood. “Nigeria who was born in 1960 has today degenerated beyond recognition from bad to worst,” he said.
The Priest pointed out that the initial aim of establishing Saint Saviour’s Schools which was founded by our colonial masters in 1951 was to give the British children qualitative education in Nigeria.
Nwadiaro, however, showered praises on God who has helped the school to keep the tenet of sound education the British handed down sixty-years ago, urging the school not to relent in her oars.
Recalling St Saviour’s antecedent, the Chairman, Board of Management, Deacon Tom Ogboi, reiterated that apart from the school academic excellence, the St Saviour’s Schools has done well in providing employment opportunities to more than one hundred Nigerians, adding that the school has good staff retention rate as there are employees who have spent over twenty years in the employment of the school.
According to Ogboi, teachers in the school undergo one overseas training every year to sharpen their skills in order to keep them abreast with their contemporaries all over the world. “It is important that those who are imparting knowledge should be well informed and fully equipped with the best teaching practices,” he said.