The federal government at the weekend pledged to accord priority attention to infrastructural and staff development in all federal tertiary institutions in the country.
Minister of Education, Alh Adamu Adamu made the pledge in Pankshin, during the 33rd convocation ceremony of Federal College of Education, FCE, Pankshin in Plateau.
Adamu, who was represented by Prof Monday Joshua, executive secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, said what was required of the education sector was to key into the various “change initiatives” of the government to make the nation stronger than it had ever been.
“Evidence shows that the strongest among the education system in the world are those that train and recruit the best teachers.
“I urge our teacher training institutions to explore and expand the educational offerings that will cater for the all-round formation of their trainees,” he said.
The minister noted: “The change agenda of the present administration will be highly successful if the teachers we produce especially for the Primary and Junior Secondary levels are excellent ones.”
He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was poised to rebuilding the economy and restore public confidence on the government, in spite of the global economic recession affecting the nation.
While congratulating the graduands, the minister charged them not to rest on their oars and “strive to acquire more knowledge to better your lots and add more feathers to your cap.”
Also speaking, Plateau State governor, Mr Simon Lalong appealed to the federal government to enlist the college to be upgraded to university of education.
Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof Sonny Tyoden, said “the facilities and man power are available more so that with TETfund infrastructural challenges and training needs will be appropriately addressed.”
Earlier in his welcome addressed, the college provost, Prof David Wonang disclosed that about 8, 000 students were convocating at the college in spite of its many challenges.
Wonang expressed gratitude to the federal government for using TETfund to stimulate infrastructural development in the college, which he said would soon befit a university status.
He disclosed that the college, which began in 1974 with just 100 students, now had a population of 14, 000 students with seven schools and six directorate and awarding degree certificates alongside the NCE.‬

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