Ogun state government has said that it has given approval for the commencement of the process of the enactment of the bill for the autonomy of the Ogun State Agency for Mass Education and the composition of its statutory board.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, revealed this at a day workshop organised by the Agency for Adult Mass Education for adult and non-formal education supervisors and facilitators in Ogun State, with the theme “Adult and Non-Formal Education as a catalyst for sustainable development in Nigeria: The Roles of Adult Educators and the changing Andragogy”.
Arigbabu who said that the present administration was poised to ensure manpower development in all areas, hence, the training was organised to sharpen skills and update the knowledge of participants with new trend of discharging their responsibilities for optical performance.
The commissioner who highlighted some of the achievements of the government in the education sector, such as regular payment of honoraria for adult personnel and so more, revealed that the sector is a key area that demands utmost attention in the transformation and inclusiveness approaches that would ensured all citizens have the ability to read and write.
“Let me assure you that the present administration is not unmindful of the importance of developing the non-formal education sector, hence, his unwavering desire to uplift the present status quo of adult and non-formal education service delivery in the state”, the Commissioner said.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, who pointed out that the state government agenda was to wipe out illiteracy with the use of formal education amongst adults and those in the non-formal sector.
Ogunleye who stressed that the training for adult education supervisors and facilitators would positively impact learners and also improve the economic value of the state.
In his welcome address, the Director of the Agency for Mass Education (AME), Mr. Adebola Lawal, stressed the need for the training programme to address the quest for sustainable national development in the face of the current social vices bedevelling the nation, ranging from high rate of illiteracy, insecurity, kidnapping, economic downturn and so on.
The director, said the convergence was to ruminate on the present status quo of the adult education service delivery towards achieving better productivity and effective service delivery to the teeming population of illiterate adults, early school leavers and out of school children in the society.
In their goodwill message and Lectur, the Southwest Coordinator, National Commission for Mass Literacy, Mrs. Kuburat Lawal and Dr. Elizabeth Adewuyi posited that the workshop would acrue the participants, opportunity to strengthen their skills and also to acquaint them with new andragogigal techniques in post COVID-19 era as a means of improving their performance and functions.