Ex-Ambassador to Netherlands, Dr. Mrs Akanbi, chairs National Education Board

By Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Governing Board of the National Senior School Education, headed by the former Nigerian Ambassador to The Kingdom of The Netherlands, (Dr.) Mrs Nimotalai Nihinlola Akanbi.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Board, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, charged its members to use their wealth of experience to pilot the nation’s senior Secondary education towards excellence,

He, however, called on the board members to uphold the principles of Federal Character to promote equity and fairness in the discharge of their duties.

According to him, the board is charged with the responsibilities of prescribing the Minimum Standards and regulating the Senior Secondary Education in Nigeria.

Adamu Adamu also charged them to respect the principles of federal character in the appointment of staff and as well comply with all relevant government regulations, including ensuring transparency, proper and due process in all their endeavours .

The Minister urged the board members to put executive service in place for early detection of allegations of social vices such as bribery, religious intolerance and other forms of misconduct.

In his own remarks, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said all opportunities should be harnessed by members of the board to put the commission on a sound footing and in accordance with the regulations contained in the ministerial strategic plan 2018 -2022 which is intended to provide the roadmap for
accelerated delivery of inclusive quality education to Nigerian citizens.

Responding on behalf of other members of the Governing Board, National Senior Secondary School Education, Ambassador Nihinlola Akanbi opined that members of the board are round pegs in round holes who have all it takes to formulate policies for and supervise senior secondary education in the country.

Ambassador Akanbi, who is also the immediate past Pro- Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, disclosed that the test before them is tasking, but not insurmountable due to her personal belief in the indefatigable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and members of the board.


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