By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin
The Chairman, Governing Board of the National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), Ambassador Nimota Akanbi, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC) bill signposted his commitment to advancing education sector in the country.
Akanbi, a former Nigeria Ambassador to the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands, also described the presidential signature on the legal framework as a milestone that would project education, especially senior secondary education subsector to an advanced stage.
She said this in a statement issued in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, following President Buhari’s assent to the NSSEC bill, which the National Assembly passed recently.
It would be recalled that the Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmad, had via his official twitter handle, disclosed that Buhari appended his signature on eight bills including NSSEC.
Akanbi, who commended President Buhari for his bold step in assenting National Senior Secondary Education Commission bill, pledged that the commission under her leadership would do its best to ensure that the goal for setting up the commission was realised.
She thanked the National Assembly for its promptness and importance attached to the bill before it scaled through the legislative processes.
The NSSEC Chairman also applauded the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, as well as the duo of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Andrew David Adejoh, and Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Abdulkareem Ibrahim, for championing the cause of the commission, adding that their role would remain indelible in the annals of secondary education in the country.
“We wish to express our appreciation to Mr President, the Minister of Education, as well as the duo of Andrew David Adejoh and Abdulkareem Ibrahim who are the ministry’s Permanent Secretary and Secretary respectively and indeed members of the National Assembly for passing the (National Senior Secondary Education Commission) NSSEC bill.
“Passing the bill is the indication of Mr President’s commitment in advancing the education in the country. Also, we want to recognize the efforts and push by the Minister of Education to resuscitate the act of 1999 to 2024 and the resilience and determination of the National Assembly to pass the bill.
“This is indeed a milestone that will project education, especially senior secondary education in the country to an advanced stage.
“We want to reassure Mr President and all the actors involved in the bill passage that we will do our best in ensuring that this lofty objective will not go in vain. It will get the best results it deserves”, Akanbi said.