Yahaya urges university to step up teaching of entrepreneurship skills – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged the leadership of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe to intensify the teaching of entrepreneurial skills to students.
He said it would instill the spirit of self-reliance and wealth creation in young people.
Governor Yahaya made this call in his remarks and goodwill message during the combined Gombe Weekend College Scholarship Convocation and Award Ceremony.
The governor congratulated the graduating students and expressed his administration’s readiness to support any initiative that would help train, empower and integrate young people.
Governor Yahaya also commended the leadership of the college under Dr. Ali Boderi for working diligently to bring rapid growth and development to the college.
Also speaking, Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu said the federal government has released 6 billion naira to improve teaching, periodic curriculum review and development in six colleges of education across the country.
Adamu said the funds were provided to the schools through the Higher Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
He said that TETFUND recently inaugurated the establishment of centers of excellence in six colleges of education in each of the geopolitical zones, to promote specialization in pedagogy, curriculum review and development.
The Minister, represented by Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), said each of the institutions had received N1 billion as seed grant for the project.
He said the gesture would be supported over the next five years by TETFUND.
Adamu said President Buhari’s administration had launched reform policies aimed at repositioning the education sector and improving Nigeria’s human capital index.
Previously, Alhaji Sahabi Gada, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the institution
commended the federal government for its timely intervention in awarding an erosion control project under the Ecological Fund to address the erosion problem in the college.
Gada advised graduate students to use technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills effectively to become self-sufficient and employers of labor, adding that “entrepreneurship is the answer to the challenges of unemployment.”
Also speaking, the provost of the college, Dr. Ali Adamu, said the institution which started with 100 students in 1990 has produced over 20,000 National Certificate in Education (NCE) holders.