The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari would remain conscious, appreciative of the invaluable contributions of teacher education to national development.
Adamu stated this while delivering his keynote address at the 24th convocation ceremony of the Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, held at the school premises, Abeokuta on Thursday.
The minister, represented by Alhaji Bappa Muhammadu, Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), noted that the federal government remained committed to improving standard of education in the country.
He stated that education was one of the cornerstones of any nation, adding that the federal government had been unrelenting in the pursuit of increasing access to education.
The minister disclosed that education would continue to receive appreciable budgetary allocations which had enabled the ministry to positively and quickly respond to demands for improved funding.
“In the bid to properly situate the educational system for citizenry to acquire skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the world of works.
“The ministry of education has been in the fore front of reform efforts aimed at re-engineering and repositioning the education sector.
“The FG has continued to grant approval for the establishment of new institutions of higher learning to create additional admission spaces for the teeming youths seeking admissions ,” he said.
Adamu urged the graduands to see themselves as young entrepreneurs capable of becoming self employed or employers of labour, saying that government is no longer the sole provider employment.
Delivering his speech, Dr. Ayodeji Ajayi, the Provost of the school, said that 8,777 students which spread across five different schools of the college.
He added that those graduating were trained through full time, part time and sandwich programmes from 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic sessions.
Ajayi urged the graduating students to abstain from participating in issues that may tarnish his /her image and that of the college.
Highlight of the convocation was the inauguration of the college Conference Hall, a Water Treatment Plant, Theatre Arts Complex.
The school also inaugurated a Vocational Education Building complex named after former President Olusegun Obasanjo.