Professor Jibril Aminu Commends NCNE on the Growth of Nomadic Education Programme

The former Minister of Education, Prof. JibrilAminu has commended the Management and staff of the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) for the steady growth recorded in the implementation of the Nomadic Education Programme in Nigeria. Prof. Aminu who under his tenure as Minister of Education, the NCNE was founded in 1989, charged the Commission to ensure that all the nomadic children of school going age are mobilized to be in schools. He expressed joy over the marginal increase in enrolment and opined that more effort should be geared towards capturing all the out-of-school nomadic children in the country. Prof. Aminu who said this, while addressing participants at the three day workshop for the training of NCNCE staff on the conduct of tracer studies research on pupils that passed through nomadic schools in the country, further extolled the Management for such initiative saying that, that was the only way to convince Nigerians on the need for Nomadic Education Programme. He recalled the scepticism expressed by a cross section of Nigerians who thought that Nomadic Education Programme would disappear with the General Ibrahim Babangida government that founded the Commission. “The programme has not disappeared, it is growing”, he retorted. He opined that, “if you are going to start anything, make sure it would have large number of beneficiaries”. “This was our reason for establishing the Commission”, he said. He decried the deplorable state of the nomadic population in Nigeria saying that they were unjustly treated in the scheme of things.
The former Minister indicated that nomads contribute immensely to the national economy in terms of milk, cheese, butter, hides and skins, manure etc. He queried why the nation cannot give them the enabling environment so as to contribute more to the economy. A fair deal should be considered to reciprocate the economic contribution. The former Minister charged the NCNE Management and staff to vigorously defend the Nomadic Education Programme and advised them not to take the reactions of Nigeria for granted. He noted that the most effective form of defence is effective performance. Prof. Aminu explained that nomadic education should be different from conventional education in content and syllabus. He charged the Commission to uphold these peculiarities. Prof. Aminu condemned the idea of converting conventional schools to nomadic schools saying that the difference must be emphasized so as to justify the essence of Nomadic Education Programme. He advised the Management to avoid politicizing the Nomadic Education Programme and eschew fighting which he claimed was made by Late General Sani Abacha to scrap Center for Democratic Studies. He disclosed that the pioneer leaders of the Commission were mainly from Eastern Nigeria saying that these men had great passion to ensure that the programme succeeded. Prof. Aminu paid tribute to the first Advisory Secretary of the Commission, Late. Mr. Nathaniel O. Okonkwo and the first Executive Secretary, Prof. Ardo Chimah Ezeoma. He noted that these great men were committed and also very passionate about the Nomadic Education Programme.
In his welcome speech, the NCNE Executive Secretary, Prof. Bashir Haruna Usman reported the growth of Nomadic Education Programme. Prof. Usman disclosed that the enrolment in nomadic schools have increased from 18,000 at inception in 1989 to the present figure of 568,000 pupils comprising of 312,000 males and 256,000 females. He also disclosed that there are over 5,000 nomadic schools being manned by 14,776 teachers across the country. Prof. Usman decried the low morale in which he met the staff few months back and this informed the reason for this workshop which was to build the staff capacity in research. He expressed his determination to reposition the Commission as a foremost research institute for nomadic education and trans-humans studies. According to Prof. Usman, “We are organizing tracer studies to find out the people who have graduated from nomadic schools”. He explained that through this study, the Commission shall justify the huge government expenditure on Nomadic Education Programme over the years. He suggested that the focus of nomadic education should not be to change the culture and values of the nomads but to teach them and allow them to change on their own. He cited the example of India that shared the same colonial experience with Nigeria but while Nigeria imbibed all British culture and values with the exception of their technology, India only imbibed their technology and rejected their culture and values.
The Executive Secretary reaffirmed that the effort of the Commission should be to educate them and allow them to live their lives. He commended Prof. Jibril Aminu for his continued support for the Nomadic Education Programme. He assured Prof. Aminu that the Commission would not let down his vision for the education of the nomadic peoples of Nigeria. As part of the strategies to invigorate Commission’s workforce, a total of 65 members of staff were trained on tracer studies research methodology.


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