The governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, on Tuesday said the state government would partner the Nigeria Tulip International Colleges, NTIC, in the broader effort to revitalise education in the state.
Speaking when an NTIC delegation, led by its managing director Feyzullah Bilgin, paid courtesies on him in Abuja yesterday, the governor explained that as a result of the emergency he has declared on Yobe’s education sector, the state government will push harder and build partnerships to revitalize the education sector.
“I am very impressed with what you are doing at Yobe NTIC and the achievements you have recorded. Your performance is very encouraging. We will continue to partner with you not just on Yobe NTIC but on what we can do together to replicate the successes in all our schools”, he said.
The governor noted that the dismal performance of many Yobe students in qualifying examinations such as WAEC and NECO led him to declare an emergency in the state’s education sector. He said there is urgent need to revitalise education in the state.
“As you may know, I have declared a state of emergency in education based on the state-wide performance of our students especially in WAEC and NECO. Apart from the Yobe NTIC, there is almost no other school that is doing very well in these examinations. This is why we said that basic and secondary education need serious attention. We believe that a society without quality education is doomed”, he said.
Mr Buni noted that he has already established a technical committee which is working to advice on how to proceed with revitalizing the education sector and ensuring a very solid foundation at the basic education level.
“I believe that with the technical committee and with you around, we can work together to address the situation. I believe it is worth the effort even if education is all we could deliver at the end of the day”, he added.