Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio has declared that President Goodluck Jonathan has invested more in the creation of access to quality education for less privileged Nigerians more than any other administration in the past.
The Governor stated that the flag off of the construction of Special Universal Basic Education, UBE, Vocational Schools in the South-South and South-East by the Jonathan administration indicate that the nation is on the part of greatness by equipping her youths with relevant skills.
Akpabio spoke in Ukana, Essien Udim LGA of Akwa Ibom while performing the South-South Ground-Breaking ceremony of the UBE-Special Vocational Schools alongside Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike said that the establishment of Almajiri schools, girl child schools, 12 new Federal Universities and now Special Vocational Schools in the eleven states of the two regions.
Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike stated that the Jonathan administration remains determined that all the Nigerian children who are out of school are educated and equipped with relevant skills to survive in a competitive environment.
Barr. Wike said: “We have successfully applied education as a tool of national development. The Special Vocational Schools will train the children to be proficient in literacy and numeracy and also have entrepreneurial skills in selected trades”.
The Minister announced that the Federal Government will complete the schools in the next six months, pointing out that Vocational education is critical to attaining key aspects of the administration’s Four Year Strategic plan for the development of education.
He said that the Federal Government will continue to work with states and other stakeholders to improve education in the country.
In his remarks, Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr Dikko Suleiman said that only five states out of the eleven states of the South-South and South-East have made land available for the construction of the schools.
The UBEC Executive Secretary said that upon completion the schools will be handed over to the states who will administer them and provide staffing. He added that the Implementation Framework and curriculum for the existence of the schools.
Special Assistant (Media) to Supervising Minister of Education.