*As AKCILS graduates 798 PDE students
|By Mahmud Gambo Sani
Kano tertiary institutions rank best— Ganduje
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has revealed that the effort of his administration in revitalising the education sector has made the state-owned tertiary institutions ranked among the best in the country.
“It is also part of our effort to overhaul and revamp the education sector of the state in recognition of the role the sector plays in shaping the human capital of our future generations,” Ganduje explained.
Ganduje made this known at the graduation ceremony of 798 students of Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) of Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies, held at the College’s Convocation Premises recently.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said his administration has recently adopted and implemented the policy of free and compulsory basic and post basic education, aiming to make education accessible and affordable to all children in the State.
“This policy is yielding positive and significant results; as such we have repositioned the tertiary institutions in the State by putting in place necessary machinery which the instructions needed to make them ready and conducive in handling the influx of candidates to be produced as a result of the policy, ” the Governor added.
Regarding the institutions, Ganduje said his administration has committed huge resources to ensure effective and smooth service delivery of the institutions which resulted to the success recorded in the accreditation exercise of many programmes offered by the institutions.
He also assured that his administration will continue to work closely with key stakeholders in education so as to ensure mutual exchange of supports and ideas for the benefit of basic education in the State.
On teachers’ promotion, Ganduje said: “The Government has already completed arrangements for the implementation of promotion of teachers in all Local Education Authorities under SUBEB. It is the intention of this Government to continue to improve teachers’ welfare which we believe can enhance teacher’s performance.”
He also assured that his administration will continue to come up with many projects and programmes that will enhance the education sector and improve the socio-economic well-being of the teeming populace of the State.
He therefore congratulated the graduating students for attaining the professional status and urged them to become good ambassadors of their institutions and professional bodies.
In her welcome remark, the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Mariya Mahmud Bunkure said the occasion served as a unique opportunity to witness the graduation and induction of the students into the noble teaching profession.
Bunkure maintained that the occasion is part of the requirements of the Professional Diploma in Education programme put in place by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria to promote excellence in teaching profession.
She congratulated the graduates for the great achievement and asked them to put what they learnt into practice.
In his good will massage, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero commended the management of the institution for organizing the maiden convocation which he believes will improve the education sector.
Earlier in his remark, Provost of the College, Prof. Balarabe Abubakar Jakada had said the gathering was made to celebrate and rejoice with the 798 graduates who successfully completed a recognized certified and approved programme, the Professional Diploma in Education, which was designed to prepare non-professional teachers who possess Higher National Diploma, Bachelor Degrees, Masters’ and Doctorate Degrees for future developments.
During the ceremony, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, former Governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmad Idris were honoured with the award of excellence and appreciation for their contributions to the success of the College.