2019 Education Secretariat Annual Media Briefing
By Kabiru Musa
Head of Information
FCT Education Secretariat
It is my pleasure and honour that I welcome you all to the 2019 Edition of the Education Secretariat’s Annual Media Luncheon.
I am aware that this Media event has been on for the past 12 years and has become a tradition of the Secretariat and one of the most desired event in the calendar of the FCT Press Corps.
Mallam Umar A. Marafa, The Ag. Secretary for Education/Director of Administration & Finance, Education Secretariat reading his Address during the event
The Education Secretariat event by my understanding has also over the years created a robust and mutual media understanding with the Press especially with our own valued FCT Press Corps. This fact is evident by the significant turn out of members of the fourth realm of the Estates today. It is my expectations and hope that this media relationship will be sustained all through.
Permit me to start by appreciating the immense support, focused and impactful leadership provided by the Honourable Minister for FCT and Minister of State Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello and Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu and of course, the bureaucratic arm of the Administration, the Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian C. Ohaa respectively.
From Left: FCT Scholarship Board Director, FCT College of Education (COE) Provost, Director Dept. of Higher Education (DHE), Director Legal, Director Physical Planning AUTA, DD Project & FCT Press Corps Chairman
The Honourable Minister re-appointment is evident of his determination to place FCT in the global map as the Nation’s Capital with sustainable quality service delivery.
In 2019, the various Boards and Departments of the Education Secretariat has continued to live above board and intensify efforts to ensure that their mandates are fulfilled with the level of achievements recorded as follows:
In the year under review, the Education Secretariat like every other Mandate Secretariat had all its Acting Directors confirmed with additional and newly appointed Directors in the various Departments and Boards bringing the total number of Directors to twenty (20) . This has further strengthened the Educational system and administrative process effectively. The Sector also had few Directors who have retired meritoriously this year.
From Right: Directors of Dept. of Quality Assurance (DQA), Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), Secondary Education Board (SEB), Dept. of Mass Education (DME) and Dept. of Policy, Planning, Research & Statistics (DPPR&S) during the event
The need to accommodate the daily influx of people into the FCT has made the establishment of more Schools a necessity hence (14) Fourteen Senior Secondary Schools were newly established across the six Area Councils and has successfully taken off, bringing the total of Senior Secondary Schools in FCT to 76. The new additional Senior Schools are:
GSS Kurudu, GSS Pyakasa, GSS Kuchingoro, GSS Kubwa-Phase 3, GSS Ushafa, GSS Tupechi, GSS Agyana, GSS Naharati, GSS Nuku, GSS Ukpa, GSS Kilankwa, GSS Gwarko, GSS Anagada and GSS Kabimangooro.
Also UBEB established a Boarding Junior School called Model Girl Junior Secondary School at AMAC Estate. Another significant event of 2019 was the handing over of The Nigeria–Korea Model School to FCT Administration.
The FCT Press Corps Chairman, Mr. Attah Ikharo making his remark during the Media Luncheon
Effective Teacher learning and professional development is important for Students overall academic and all round success. The Education Secretariat placed priority in continuous training process of teachers to promote teachers teaching skills, masters new knowledge and develop proficiency which in turn help the students learning. It is therefore stands to reason that for any meaningful progress to take place in the Education Sector, its teachers and workforce must be trained and retrained in order to keep abreast of the best and latest innovations as well as the dynamics of the profession.
In keeping to this belief, the various Boards and Departments engaged effectively in capacity building as follows;
 About 1,500 teachers were trained under the Teachers Professional Development Program (TPDP) funded by UBEC.
 About 100 Principals were trained in Ondo Town in collaboration with NEIPA.
 Skill Acquisition: 20 teachers from FCT Schools were trained on leather product making (leather value chain) in partnership with Nigeria Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) of Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
 Training of Science teachers on Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
 Training of 32 Teachers and 85 Students on Emerging /New ICT Technologies in Education.
 Training of 240 English and Mathematics Teachers in gender –based response and teaching skills aimed at providing extra lessons to vulnerable girls.
 Also training of 240 gender officers across AMAC and BWARI Area Councils in gender –based violence management and response in as Schools.
 Training of 30 Teachers on Psycho-socio support for victims of child abuse in Schools.
 ICT Training for 50 girls in primary School and 90 girls in Junior Secondary School.
 Training 450 male Students in Secondary Schools as Ambassadors for ending Sexual violence in a Project tagged ‘BOYS FOR CHANGE’.
 Training of 4,550 girls and boys Students, PTAs and SBMCs in 15 Schools.
 Training of gender focal persons in the Agencies and 10 teachers in Schools to boost Disability Gender Rights in Schools.
 Establishment of 2 Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) in AMAC to respond to Gender-based violence.
The Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye making a brief remark
 The FCT College of Education received approval from National Universities Commission (NUC) for the commencement of B.ED Degree programme from 2019/2020 Academic session.
 The College hosted National and International conferences and workshops in various areas of Discipline to improve the academic progammes.
 Academic and Non-Academic Staff of FCT College of Education attended local and International conferences / workshop sponsored by TETFund.
 Thirty –one (31) Academic Staff were sponsored through TETFund for various Postgraduate Programmes in Ph.D and Master Degrees.
 Total number of (843) Eight-hundred and forty-three Students graduated in the 2018/2019 Academic session.
 The Result analysis of total percentage of Candidates in public schools with credits above including English and Mathematics for WAEC/NECO Examinations is 43.3% and 57.7% respectively.
 Training of seven (7) states including FCT Local Education Sector Operational Plan (LESOP).
 Capacity workshop for FCT Science Teachers and Lecturers of College of Education under Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) STEM Education Project.
 Training and Empowerment of 95 and 73 Learners in dressing making and Catering/Event Management.
 Training of FCT Schools and Counsellors and Teachers referred by Department of Quality Assurance.
 Successful conduct of the 2019 Triennial Book Review.
 Successful submission, setting and moderation as well as smooth Registration of 75,000 BECE Candidates.
Members of FCT Press Corps during the 2019 Education Secretariat Media Luncheon held at the Education Resource Centre (ERC)
The various Boards and Departments that manage Schools have continued to engage in–house quality assurance mechanisms to ensure standards are not compromised however the Department of Quality Assurance (DQA) is saddled with the task of ensuring that the highest standards are adhered to and maintained by public and private schools within the FCT. This is done through the constant monitoring of school activities including resumption and mid-term school assessments of schools. The Department has use this planning tool of monitoring for efficiency of performance of teaching and learning system. The DQA’s key functions are inspection, adherence to the dictates of management of schools and accreditations of public and private schools in the FCT.
In the period under review, the DQA processed the Registration of 248 private Schools and processed the records of 130 public and private schools for the Accreditation in 2019. It carried out 3,870 visits to Schools (Public and Private) for Advisory, Resumption, Mentoring and Recognition Evaluations. Designed templates to be used by units/zones for easy collection of data. Conducted research on the implementation of the Early Child Care Development Education and Nursery Curriculum in public schools in the FCT.
Cultural Dance provided by FCT Cultural Troupe, SDS
Worthy of note is the report where the Department Evaluation Team referred 136 Teachers to ERC/TDD for further Capacity Building where necessary. Monitoring by other Boards and Departments include:
 Monitoring of applicants in Nigeria and Foreign tertiary institutions is on-going.
 Disbursement of 2016/ 2017 Scholarship Award, distribution of leaning materials to Special Need, and DME Centers are on course. (FCT Scholarship)
 Training on Understanding Public Financial Management.
 Monitoring and Discovery of illegal Tertiary institutions operating in FCT, of illegal.
 Development of Data Collation Template for Tertiary Educational Institutions in FCT. (DHE)
One of the Journalists asking questions during the ceremony
One of the strategies that the Education Secretariat has continued to employ in achieving its various mandates is adequate planning, collection of relevant Education data and information for analytical reporting which are key to proper implementation. Little wonder therefore that, the department has move many steps further to intensify its efforts through various result-oriented field programs such as Successful flag off and conduct of 2018/2019 Annual School Census and vigorous training of officers in data collection and inclusion of private and para-military organizations in the Annual School Census for reliable information and credible Data collection.
The Education Secretariat is not leaving any stone untouched in the aspect of active participation in various Education fora or summit in and outside the FCT, Fresh in our memories is the commendation given to FCT for being the only State in Nigeria that has established a functional EMIS Committee at the Benue State Summit and also the approval of its five memoranda from the highest decision making body of the National Council on Education (NCE) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. This is the result of adequate planning, coordination and significant representation.
Director Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Dr. A. J. Noma responding to one of the questions asked by a Journalist during the media luncheon event
The Education Secretariat has continue to respond to the needs of people with disabilities in our Schools hence it upgraded the Unit to Department and promotion of all-inclusive Education in line with the UN Convention on people with disabilities, strengthen the quality of services delivery to learners with special needs, increase support to parents through the distribution of Assistive technological and support devices to FCT Special Needs Schools, review of Guidelines on the Establishment and Administration of Special Needs Education Schools/Centers, it also embarked on community sensitization / advocacy visits to the Six Area Councils and Boards/Departments on the promotion of access to Education for person with disabilities and capacity building for FCT School heads, Teachers and Caregivers among others.
Director DQA, Salihu O. Yahaya responding to questions asked by Journalists
The Procurement Unit of the Education Secretariat had awarded 23 contracts of various supplies through the FCT Procurement Department in respect of 2018 Projects of the Secretariat and its Departments amounting to N366,969,325.00. Interestingly, one of the major achievements recorded by the unit is fast tracking the award of contract for the supply of printing paper to ERC for the conduct of the 2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and MOCK in the FCT. The unit is presently processing another batch of the projects in respect of works amounting to N781,044,824.68 which are at the issuance of award stage and one of the major project to be achieved if the process is concluded, is the Construction of Multipurpose Hall at Nigeria-Korea Model School, Airport Road which is part of the projects to be funded by the FCT through the Education Secretariat as part of the agreement reached between the Korean Government and the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
Director DST, Ibrahim Christiana O. answering questions asked by Journalists
The Education Secretariat in 2019 witnessed significant provision, construction and rehabilitation as well as completion of physical infrastructure of classrooms, hostels, dormitories, toilets, dining halls etc and the provision of school facilities, hostel furniture, laboratory equipment, provision of boreholes The other completed projects are as follows:
 Construction of Girls hostel at GSS Shere;
 Renovation of science laboratory at GSS Gwagwa of science laboratory at GSS Gwagwalada;
 Furnishing of science laboratory at GSS Gwagwa;
 Furnishing of science laboratory at GSS Gwarinpa;
 Emergency intervention for rehabilitation of school buildings and fence due to rain storm damage at GSS Rubochi and GSS Bwari;
 Provision of ICT facilities, including mobile computer laboratory flex cart 24 series, for 10 senior secondary schools;
 Execution of all backlog of Projects (2012-2015) have been completed;
 Construction of 299 classrooms, 2 Admin blocks, ,36 no block of 4rooms VIP toilets, 2-bedroom semi-detached, 1 Library, 4 laboratories, 1 Computer Lab, 8 Perimeter fence and gatehouse, 30 boreholes ,2 badminton court/equipment, and landscaping of 1 school;
 Rehabilitation of 852 classrooms, 11 VIP toilets, 9 Admin blocks, 1 Library, 8 Basic laboratories, 7 boreholes Economic lab;
 Supply of 323 sets of pupils’ furniture, provision of e-learning facilities to 8 Schools, supplied 57 set of ECCD recreational facilities, this year;
 Purchase of 18 Seater Bus for monitoring;
 Construction of Agriculture Centre at Vocational Training Centre Gwagwalada;
 Completion of the Administrative block of International Technical and Vocational Institute, IVTI Utako;
 Conversion of 10 No classrooms to Hostels at Government Science Secondary School, Kuje;
 Construction and Completion of the Department of Agricultural Education of FCT College of Education by TETFund;
 Construction and Completion of two Blocks of Staff convenience with Boreholes by TETFund;
 School of Languages has been relocated to the Permanent Site for Smooth Academic Session;
 DQA took over newly constructed zonal office in Karshi;
 Completion of the Wood / Metal workshop at the Vocational Training Centre, Karshi;
 Construction of Agricultural Centre at Vocational Training Centre;
 Renovation and Supply of ICT Equipment /Furnishing at Women Centre in Kuje;
 Supply of ICT Equipment and Furnishing at Vocational Training Centre, Kwali and Gwagwalada respectively;
 Construction and Supply of ICT Centre and equipment/Furnishing at Vocational Training Centre, Bwari;
 Supply of ICT Equipment at Vocational Training Centre Karu.
Director SEB, replying to questions asked by Journalists during the event
The Education Secretariat has continued to enjoy and maintained robust collaboration with various local and international partners through its open door policy with a view to improving the standard of Education in FCT. Such include, UNICEF, KOICA, UNESCO, JICA, USAID, DFIO, NAPTIP, NSE, TETFund and many reputable NGOs which has been consistent in fulfilling the various Mandates of the Education Secretariat.
These Development Partners have contributed immensely to the development of Education in FCT through their various School aids donations and result- oriented programs in Sports activities, Mentoring, Sensitization, Training Competitions and Sponsorships among others. Such robust collaboration includes:
• KOICA supplied Educational facilities and equipment, three buses, training of 250 Teachers and donation of kits to Schools in FCT and incurred N20 million demurrage at Port for the equipment supplied for the School with UBEC and UBEB sharing the cost of 50-50.
• Donation of Instructional Materials and ICT gadgets to the Chinese Assisted Primary School, Nyanyan by Chinese Government.
• In collaboration with UNICEF ,53 out of School Children were identified for absorption into FCT Basic Schools.
• Donation of a well-furnished block of 3- Classrooms to the Primary School, Karon Majiji by the Community.
• Partnership with PTA for Construction and donation of a block of six (6) classrooms with provision of pupils and teacher’s furniture at LEA Primary School, Garki.
• Collaboration with NAPTIP and Office of the Vice President in sensitization and launch of the ‘’NIGERIA SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTER’’.
• Donations of Learning materials to 29 Schools to promote girl-child participation in Education with support from partners to promote girl-child participation in Education.
The Education Secretariat PRO, Mal. Kabiru Musa & other invited guests including ANCOPSS President (on white)
It is on record that FCT Schools and Students have continue to excel, sustained and set the pace in many coveted academics and co- curriculum competitions within and outside FCT.
We again, acknowledged the overwhelming support of the FCT Minister, Minister of State and Permanent Secretary without which the level of success wouldn’t have been achieved. Such successful competitions include:
a. UBEB participated in the 20th Junior Engineers, Technologists and Scientists (JETS) Competition organized by the FME held at Keffi Nassarawa State. FCT Schools took the following positions: i. Overall best in Mathematics Quiz for Primary school category –SPS Kuje
ii. Overall best in Computer Quiz for Primary school category- SPS Kuje
iii. Overall best in Basic Technology Quiz for Primary school category- SPS Kuje
iv. Overall best in Mathematics Quiz for JSS category – JSS Area 11
v. Overall best in Computer Quiz for JSS category- JSS Bwari 1
vi. Overall best in Basic Technology Quiz for JSS category- JSS Bwari 1
vii. 2nd best in Mathematics for JSS Category-JSS Bwari 1
viii. Overall best in Projects exhibition-LEA Primary school Maitama
ix. 2nd Overall best in Projects exhibition- SPS Kuje.
x. Seven (7) Pupils/Students from the above listed schools were awarded automatic Scholarship to cater for their Educational needs up to University level by the FCT Scholarship Board as a result of their wonderful performances at the National JETS competition.
UBEB Chairman, Dr. Kabir I. Matazu giving plague to Barr. Obia Edmund, former Ag. Director of ERC for his retirement from the Civil Service
 Participated in the 60th National Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) competition held at the Saadatu Rimi College of Education Kano with the following awards:
 1st position-SPS Kuje
 3rd position-JSS Phase 3 Gwagwalada
b. FCT Junior Secondary school (JSS) Tukpechi won Democracy day 410 Award of Excellence for Art/Science Exhibition.
 Government Science Secondary School, Maitama and Government Science and Technical College, Garki took 1st position at the 21st Edition of Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists National Competitions which took place at Keffi, Nasarawa State.
 Government Science Secondary School, GSSS Pyakasa –Maitama took 1st position at the quiz competition organized by Raw Materials Research and Development Council at the state level.
 Government Science and Technical College, GSTC Garki took 2nd position at the 2019 National NTA/ETV Expo as well as 2nd position in NTA/ETV Project Exhibition in Abuja.
 Government Science and Technical College, Garki also came 1st position at the Project competition organized by Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, (IPCR) for FCT schools.
 GSSS Pyakasa –Maitama and GSTC Garki took 2nd position at the 2019 National Annual STAN Quiz competition in Kano state while GSTC Garki came 1st at the FCT STAN competition (Project exhibition).
 A student from GSTC Garki, Miss Victoria Ezechukwu emerged 2nd position out of 64 FCT schools that contested at the Essay Competition in commemoration of ‘World Savings Day’ organized by Trustfund Pensions Limited.
 GSTC Garki was this year’s decked with Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience award.
The COE Provost, Dr. Mohammed G. Hamza presenting a plague to Dr. Eneh O. Francisca, former Director of Dept. of Special Needs Education for her retirement
Gentlemen of the Press, You will agree with me that , No Organizations exist without challenges and in spite of our obvious efforts in confronting the enormous challenges facing the Education Sector which we all know is not limited to FCT alone but the country as a whole yet we are determined in the line of duty as Management in the Education Sector to continue to pursue assiduously the mandates of Boards and Departments through various strategies to reduced and find a lasting solutions to these challenges so that we can together lay a solid Educational foundation and leave a lasting legacy for FCT Residents however the challenges still hindering the speedy development are Continuous influx of People into FCT : This uncontrolled population problem placed a high demand on the Administration for more establishment of schools and expansion as well as overstretched of our facilities.
The issue of Paucity and Delay of Funds is not a new case: This has negatively hampered some school’s developments.
Inadequate Teaching and Technical Staff: The establishment of new schools to accommodate the influx of people into FCT also required more workforce for effective and efficient in teaching and learning environment. Also, some of our specialized Boards and Departments needs technical personnel to perform such task.
As 2019 comes to an end, we will say it has been challenging in the sector just as for other sectors in the Nation’s polity, from our little efforts in meeting up with the set goals and objectives, we believed that, we have tried to live above board. For instance, in spite of our obvious challenges, many physical infrastructures were constructed, renovated and completed while school facilities were provided for smooth academic and administrative work.
In the coming year, we hope to surmount some of our challenges currently confronting us and with high expectations of doing even better when the issues in Education becomes every one’s concern making it indeed Education for all, the responsibility of all. I must say at this juncture that, the concern for Education is a joint venture by all stakeholders either in the private, public, formal and non –formal sector. We owe it a duty wherever we are either as parents, guardians and all custodians of children to put in more efforts and be vigilant and know what is happening with our wards in their academics and social life so that, their excesses or misdemeanours can be totally eliminated for a brighter future and a better society. That is the next level in Education.
The Director FCT Scholarship Board, Mallam Ahmad Isa Rany presenting a plague to Mallam Gatawa Aliyu, a former Director for his retirement from the civil service
Today is specially dedicated to our very own media partners, the FCT Press Corps, so I cannot end this without our immense appreciation to them for their overwhelming media support, understanding and cooperation all through the year. They have remained professional in their reportage of our activities with balanced appraisal of our performances.
We look forward to a more robust media relationship of maintaining a favourable image not only with the Education Secretariat but the FCT Administration as a whole so that together we can take Education to an enviable height.
On this concluding note, I wish you Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2020. I thank you for listening and God bless us all.
Reported by:
Oyelola S. Stephen
Deputy Director/Head of EMIS & Research
DPPR&S, FCT Education Secretariat

Providing Quality Education for Residents of the Federal Capital Territory