Abuja – The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on Thursday inaugurated governing board chairmen and members of 19 parastatal agencies under the ministry, charging them to carry out their assignment with professionalism, dedication, sincerity and patriotism.
Adamu at the inagural ceremony in Abuja said education was a major and tallest pillar toward building a strong economy and called on members to join in the strengthening of the education sector.
He also called on them to provide governance and the type of leadership that would engender transparency, accountability as well as support the pursuit of the mandate of their various agencies.
”As you have accepted to serve, it is essential not to lose sight of the fact that we are running a government of change.
” As boards of agencies and parastatals, and in keeping with the change promise of this administration, you are expected to carry out your assignment with professionalism, dedication and patriotism.
” You are expected to be guided by the conditions of your appointments as contained in your letters of appointment and other relevant government circulars as issued from time to time.
” You are expected, above all, to make a lot of sacrifices to the motherland. “
The minister advised the board members and their chairmen to maintain harmonious relationship with the chief executives and managements of their respective agencies.
He said in doing this, they should be mindful of the need to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the laws establishing the agencies as well as operational guidelines and financial regulations of the agencies.
In his remarks, the minister of state for education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah urged the governing boards to put in place strategic plan that would facilitate the required changes needed in the various agencies.
Anwukah noted that the strategies must be geared toward providing access to quality education without compromising standards and quality.
He added that the desire of the country’s national goals called for collective responsibility, cooperation and commitment of all stakeholders.
He, therefore, called on board members to ensure that the products of the education system are equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge.
In his response, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, board chairman, TETFund, promised to provide the needed support to help meet the national goal of ensuring a secured and qualitative life for the citizenry.
He said the ministry was at the beginning and finishing stage of the managerial capability of the nation by providing basic and tertiary education policies and programmes.
Mrs Maureen Paulinus, member, National Teachers Institute (NTI) promised to ensure the monitoring and quality of teachers by providing instructional materials that would help the teaching process. (NAN)