Chairman House Committee on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Alhassan Ado Doguwa, has commended the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna, for a successful 2013 MDGs Training Review meeting, which assessed the accomplishments of last year’s teacher retraining programme.
Doguwa, who was the Chairman of the occasion, made the observation during the review meeting held on Thursday 13th February 2013 at the Institute in Kaduna.
He said lawmakers will continue to support the NTI through effective budgetary allocations and called on other agencies to emulate the NTI so that Nigeria can efficiently actualize the MDGs goals by 2015.
Prince Sunday Kolawale who represented the NTI DG, Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu, at the event said the Institute, owing to paucity of funds trained only 5,032 participants in 2013 as against the 120,000 that was envisaged.
Kolawale, who is also the NTI ‘s Director of Examinations, Research and Academic
Services observed that the said paucity of resources necessitated the Institute to limit its training to primary school teachers where each state and the FCT were alloted 136 slots each for the training of their candidates.
He said the Institute has recorded significant improvement from past MDGs training programmes and that it is also making concerted efforts to do more in forthcoming programmes.
Dr Ify Ukaegbu, who represented the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Dr Precious Gbeneol said there is need for the extension of MDGs programme beyond 2015. She called for the Institute’s additional support towards achieving the aims of the MDGs training programme.