Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna
Newly appointed Executive Secretary of National Commission for Nomadic Education, (NCNE), Prof Bashir A. Usman said Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari gave him three mandates to deliver at the commission.
The three mandates he said were to end impunity, be mirror of the president and be just.
Prof. Usman made the expose while taking over the management of the commission in Kaduna adding the mandates were handed to him through the Education minister.
He commended his predecessor for successes recorded and promised to implement the three mandates effectively.
He promised to be just to all staff, ensure their commitment to hard work and stop all forms of impunity, advising that any staff who could not cope with his style should resign.
Earlier in his handing over speech, the outgoing Prof. Rashid A. Aderinoye said the commission has made tremendous impact in 99 nomadic communities where a block of three classrooms, office and toilet were constructed.
Prof. Aderinoye said the success of the projects were made possible through unprecedented financial support from board of the commission to the tune of N845 million.
He said the support was repeated in 2015, adding that “because of the financial situation in the country, only N500 million was released as at the time of this report, leaving a balance of N345 million”.
Aderinoye stated that aside the impact of the commission in 99 communities where the projects took place, the financial support also enhance their monitoring effort with a Prado jeep and three vans acquired.
“Four key subjects and teachers’ professional development also benefited; so also staff capacity in report writing and development strategic plan.
According to him, plans were ongoing to conduct national monitoring programme as soon as fund was available.
While he commended African Development Bank for it support with ten vocational centres, he said two of the centres located in Ladduga Grazing Reserve and Km26 Kaduna-Abuja express way were under the supervision of the commission.
“The two sites are mini factory which will be an asset to the commission in future and appealed to Dr. Umar Ardo not to relent until he sees to the great success of the project.
Some of the challenges encountered during his administration that required urgent intervention include funding, urging federal government to implement the provision of UBEC 2004 Act Section 9, which states “Disburse to a state, local government and related agencies in the implementation of basic education”.
Others are the need to move to permanent site of the commission to Abuja to be close to education ministry, replaced retired staffs and recruitment of more staff, insurgency, cattle rustling and incessant conflict between nomads and neighbours.