Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to pay education counterpart funds and give more priority to teachers’ welfare in the state.
Bello made this disclosure yesterday in Minna at the 25th Annual Conference of National Association of Local Government Education Secretaries of Nigeria (NAESN) with the theme: ‘Enhancing the operational capacity of Education Secretaries, an imperative for efficiency in basic education service delivery in Nigeria.’
The governor assured to look into the pupil and teacher ratio in the state just as he said that education was a major priority of his administration as teachers’ competence would not be compromised.
Represented by the state’s Head of Service, HOS, Alhaji Muhammadu Maude Lapai, he commended the education secretaries in the country while assuring them of adequate support in carrying out their responsibilities for ensuring quality education in the rural areas in the country.
The National President of NAESN, Dr Hassan Sule called for regular seminars to update their knowledge in educational programmes globally explaining that the conference would give them the opportunity to rub minds on some of the problems facing the education in Nigeria and finding lasting solutions to them.
Sule intimated that many states have defaulted in the payment of their monthly dues while appreciating those states that had continued to pay like Niger, Kano, Abia, Ogun, Kaduna, Delta and Katsina. Others are FCT, Sokoto and Anambra states.
He added that governors who are up to date would be nominated for its awards.
He appealed for the provision of logistics for the local government education secretaries to enable them carry out their responsibilities while urging them to be security conscious in their various environments.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education represented by an assistant director, Mr. Achede Joseph stated that professionalism should be their watch word just as he called for de-politisising the position of education secretaries for efficiency and effectiveness of education in Nigeria.
He challenged them to put in place peer review mechanism, visit schools regularly while using the Forum to strategize for better educational programmes in Nigeria.

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