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, as well as professional development of 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 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, noting that education was a major priority of his administration and teachers’ competence would not be compromised.
Represented by the state Head of Service, HOS, Alhaji Muhammadu Maude Lapai, the governor commended the education secretaries while assuring them of adequate support in carrying out their responsibilities of ensuring quality education in the rural areas of 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 system in Nigeria and finding lasting solutions to them.
Sule intimated that many states had defaulted in the payment of their monthly dues while appreciating those 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 were up to date would be nominated for the association’s awards, as he appealed for the provision of logistics for the local government education secretaries to enable them carry out their responsibilities.
The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education represented by an assistant director, Mr. Achede Joseph, stated that professionalism should be their watch word, calling for the depolitisisation of position of education secretary for efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s education sector.
He challenged them to put in place review mechanism, visit schools regularly while using the forum to strategise for better educational programmes in Nigeria.

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