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First Lady Oluremi Tinubu underscores importance of education in nation-building

L-R: Dr. Yusuf Sununu, Honourable Minister of State for Education; First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu; Prof. Tahir Mamman, Minister for Education; and Dr. Didi Wilson-Jack, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, During the Ministry's Courtesy Visit to the First Lady's Office, in Abuja, FCT       Photo: State House

*First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu, CON, stresses the significance of improving on the teaching profession and the practitioners in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in Nigeria’s education sector

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON, has applauded the drive by the Federal Ministry of Education to recruit more qualified teachers for government schools in the country.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu stated when Prof. Tahir Mamman, Honourable Minister for Education, and his Management team paid her a courtesy visit to the First Lady in her office Friday, May 3, 2024, in the State House, Abuja, FCT.

The First Lady noted that as a teacher herself, it is important to improve on the profession and the practitioners so as to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Nigeria.

Busola Kukoyi, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the First Lady on Media, in a statement, quoted Senator Tinubu to have said: “I will join you to champion the drive for more teachers in the country. They are very important to the teaching outcomes we get.”

The First Lady also commended Prof. Mamman for approving the change of name from Second Chance School to Alternative High School for Girls.

The new name is more dignifying, said Senator Tinubu.

She further noted: “Education is the way to grow as a nation. We know insecurity is there, discouraging girl child education.

“But we will not be intimidated from giving this generation what they deserve, quality education.

“Governors should be encouraged to adopt the Alternative High School for Girls.”

The First Lady as well explained once UBEC builds one in the state, they should build more.

“These girls should be given the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. How will they fill on their resume, I went to Second Chance School, people will ask, what did you do?” She stated.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu also called the attention of the Minister to the need for Adult Literacy Schools in the country, and the re-introduction of Technical Colleges to cover for the children who could not get into tertiary institutions due to poor academic strength.

Speaking during the visit, Prof. Mamman disclosed that his Ministry is introducing Skills Acquisition from primary school level.

The Minister also stated: “The issue of Out of School Children is getting our due attention. Only about 25% of our youth get into tertiary institutions.

“We have to see to the others that are just there. We must get them well trained in their chosen skills.”

The Ministry is prioritising those who want to study education in Tertiary Institutions, the Minister explained.

Prof. Mamman then, presented 100 General Scholarships for Female Students and 1,000 Bursary Awards for those studying education to the First Lady.

Officials on the Minister’s entourage to the First Lady’s office included the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Tanko Sununu; Director-General of NEPAD, Princess GloriaAkoundo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, and other Directors in the Federal Ministry of Education.

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