By Michael Nnebife
The Federal Government of Nigeria is intending to begin the recruitment of over 900 thousand Nigerians with teaching qualifications to reduce the dearth of teachers across federal secondary schools in the country.
The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, who disclosed this while speaking in a media programme monitored by our reporter recently, expressed the commitment of the Ahmed Tinubu Administration to the education of Nigeria’s children, stressing that no nation could develop without getting its education right first.
The minister expressed serious concerns over the high level of out of school children in the country, a situation he described as not only a time-bomb for the nation, but also that which had contributed much to the problems facing the country presently.
He stated that the Tinubu Administration could not allow this situation to continue to build up as the government had taken a decision to mop up and engage those children in trainings on various skills that would enable them to become a productive part of Nigerian society.
Prof Mamman regretted that polytechnics, science-based, technical and vocational institutes set up to provide certain vocational manpower for the country had taken a back seat.
He however disclosed that the present government was developing a template of what federal polytechnics and those institutes would need in order to be properly equipped to provide the kind of trainings which they ought to provide for the country.
The minister assured that the government would take up and deliver all the educational policies initiated by the Muhammadu Buhari Government in line with the Tinubu Administration’s New Hope Agenda and the imperatives of the present time.