CHAIRMAN of the Akwa Ibom Think-tank on Education, AKTTE, Prof. Hilary Inyang, has called for the support of traditional rulers on effective implementation of the state’s Strategic Education Roadmap, AKSER, 2020-2030.
Inyang, who made the appeal on Tuesday in Uyo while briefing the state Traditional Rulers Council, TRC, on the activities of the think-tank, said the meeting was expedient to enable them know the situation the educational sector was facing, and their inputs for the development of a veritable roadmap to meet the educational needs of the state.
Inyang, who is also the US Distinguished Scholar to Ethiopia, explained that the think-tank was established by the state government to build on the fallout of September 2019 Education Summit, and address the death of infrastructure, equipment furnishing in the sector and promote entrepreneurship in public schools in the state.
He said the education sector, which was ignored for too long, has resulted in the deplorable state of infrastructures and lack of teachers.
He explained that since it was impossible for the government to provide an immediate solution to these challenges, a ten-year rescue programme was being worked out by Governor Udom Emmanuel through the think-tank for effective and efficient academic delivery.
He described traditional rulers as the custodian of Akwa Ibom State education heritage, and urged them to cooperate with the government and school management in preventing encroachment into school facilities and vandalisation of equipment.
The chairman of Akwa Ibom State Council of Chiefs, HRM. Ntenyin Solomon Etuk, in his response applauded the think-tank for its efforts in identifying the gaps in the state education system, and commended the government’s vision to reposition the education sector for the well-being of the people.
“Having listened to the presentation backed up with facts, the traditional institution will do everything possible to facilitate the implementation of the roadmap in the state,”Etuk said.
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