The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has directed the Governing Councils of Federal Colleges of Education to work toward boosting the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of their institutions.
Adamu gave the directive at inauguration of the Reconstituted Governing Councils of 21 Federal Colleges of Education on Thursday in Abuja.
Represented by Prof. Anthony Anwuka, the Minister of State for Education, Adamu told the members and chairmen of the councils that they were appointed based on integrity and merit.
The minister said that the councils’ appointment came at a critical time not only to the education sector but also for the economy.
He urged the members of the councils to bring their experience to bear in discharge of their duties.
“ First, the country is in economic recession; second, your institutions have been without governing councils since 2015; third, for all this long period, there has been a multiplicity of problems left unattended for you to solve.
“Fourth, as a profession, teaching is still not able to attract the best and brightest and this government expects you to help in the attempt to change the situation.
“The recession calls on you to devise ways in which your institutions can boost IGR; it also means you must and prudent and transparent in the management of the few resources available,’’ he said.
He urged to maintain zero tolerance for corruption and lead by example in enforcing rules and providing kind leadership.
Adamu directed the councils to make efforts at raising the standard of conduct on campus-academic, ethical and moral.
He said that despite the enormity of their responsibilities, the councils should know that their appointment were on part-time as policy makers who formulate the policies that guide management action.
The minister said that councils were guardians of rules and regulations while provosts and management were the executors.
Responding on behalf of the councils, Sen. Iyabo Anisulowo, Chairman, Governing Council, Federal College of Education, Gasau thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Ministry of Education for the opportunity.
“I want to thank you for finding us worthy of these appointments to revive the ailing standard of education.
“Our job is not easy because teacher-education is the bedrock of any education system.
“On behalf of the chairmen and members of the councils, I want to say that the confidence reposed on us will not be betrayed,’’ she said.
Anisulowo said council members would justify their appointment despite scare resources.