Written by Godfrey AKON

Buhari appoints class teacher member of NTI Board

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a young private school teacher, Mrs. Maureen Paulinus, as a Member of the Board of the National Teachers Institute, Kaduna.

Maureen was inaugurated in Abuja, last Thursday, along with the Chairman of the NTI Board, Senator Kaka Mallam Yale, and Boards of 19 Education Parastatals as well as Governing Councils of the National Open University of Nigeria, and Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko.

Her appointment is viewed by many as a beacon of hope for Nigeria’s hard working teachers whose plight has dominated public discourse in recent years.

Shortly after her inauguration, the Joel Model College, Kagini class teacher, told journalists that she will not quit teaching as the board appointment would by no means diminish her passion for the job.

“I will not quit; let me say it’s a passion, I have the passion and by God’s grace I will continue teaching until when I will retire,” she said.

While inaugurating the Boards and Governing Councils, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said Maureen won every teaching competition she ever entered, adding that the teacher was neither known to him nor President Buhari before the appointment.

Adamu, who reminded members of the boards that the current administration was running an agenda of change with education as a major pillar, urged them to carry out their assignments with professionalism, dedication, sincerity and patriotism.

 “You are expected to be guided by the conditions of your appointments as contained in your letters of appointment and other relevant government circulars as issued from time to time. With your appointment as boards, I expect you to play your roles with skill and efficiency,” he said.

The minister also charged them to be courageous, innovative and responsive, and provide leadership that will engender transparency and accountability in pursuit of the mandates of the parastatals.

While urging the boards to maintain harmonious relationship with the management of the agencies and strictly adhere to the laws and operational guidelines of the agencies, he warned them not to interfere in the day-to-day running of the agencies but be concerned with policy formulation.

“It is the board that reviews, approves and monitors the agency’s budget and evaluates its performance as well as assesses the overall impact of its implementation. And the board is also expected to make deliberate efforts to diversify the sources of income and support for the agency,” he said.

 Adamu said the education ministry has commenced the implementation of the Ministerial Strategic Plan, 2016-2019, stressing that the boards are expected to key into the document and use it as one of their policy guides.

Chairman of the Board of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Ayo Banjo, who responded on behalf of all the boards, noted the enormous challenges in the education sector and stressed that the problems were interrelated.

Banjo pledged that the boards will do all they can to raise the standards of public universities across the country and place them on the world map.

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