The Nigerian government says it has remained consistent in deploying the necessary political will and resources towards ensuring increasing access to free and compulsory education across the nation.
The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi said this in Kaduna State, during a two-day training for public relations officers and heads of the Agencies protocol units and the States Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB.
Bobboyi, who was represented at the occasion by UBEC North-West Zonal Officer, Hassan Umar, said that the training was designed to improve the capacity of the officers to adequately project the efforts of UBEC and SUBEBs.
“We are mindful of the enormous responsibilities placed on the PROs and protocol units and, therefore, want to ensure that the officers handling these tasks are well-equipped, to effectively discharge their responsibilities.
“According to him, the training becomes necessary in view of the dearth of genuine information on the true picture of federal and states governments’ efforts in curbing illiteracy in the country.
“But so far, very little is known by the general public on the various interventions by these levels of governments, in improving the lot of the Nigerian child.
“Our expectation is that, at the end of the training, there will be free flow of information as well as increase goodwill that will accrue to the basic education sub-sector.
“The Executive Chairman, Kaduna SUBEB, Malam Nasiru Umar, described the training as apt in ensuring that the public was well-informed about the activities, achievements and challenges of UBE.
Umar noted that not much would be achieved if members of the public were not carried along in the implementation of projects and programmes designed to deliver quality basic education in Nigeria.
“Kaduna state is reforming the education sector with emphasis on infrastructure and quality of teachers. This is because only quality teachers will ensure quality education,” he said.
Earlier, the Head of Public Relations at UBEC Headquarters, Mr Ossom Ossom, said that the training would ensure professionalism and best practices in reporting UBEC and SUBEB activities.
Responding on behalf of the participants, Aminu Ibrahim, PRO, Kaduna SUBEB, lauded the commission for organizing the training, adding that it would create room for sharing experience on best practices.