By Gift Samuel, The Sight News
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has charged Chairmen of Boards and Chief Executives of Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education, to work together, in order to make progress.
Adamu who made this charge on Monday, at a consultative workshop for the education umpires in Abuja, noted that the whole point of the get-together was to ensure that they achieve unity of purpose.
The Minister who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, expressed dismay over some happenings among the bodies, saying that it has hindered progress in so many ways.
According to him, “Achieving unity of purpose is the whole point of this get-together but sadly to admit, this is missing in many cases. Today the boards and managements of our institutions, agencies and parastatals are at daggers drawn.
“This has greatly hindered progress and this is simply unacceptable. Matters must begin to change from today.
“This, in the main, is the result of a lack of role clarity in many of you; and this has created friction and bad blood between boards and management, and tension among members of some boards” he said.
The Minister further noted that the presentations from the workshop, will educate and enlighten them on the processes and procedures, rules and regulations of the public service and so, help them to find their way through the labyrinth of their appointments.
In his welcome address, the Minister of State for Education,Prof. Anthony Anwuka, noted that the presence of the Board Chairmen and Chief Executives at the workshop, speaks volume and shows their commitment to the course of advancing the education sector for the overall good of the nation.
“This interaction is timely, as it will prepare you for the task ahead.
The Ministry has pulled together a crop of resource persons that will adequately deal with the well-conceived topics to be treated as we make progress.
“I implore you to make yourselves comfortable and ready for the presentations. I appreciate the fact that you are technocrats in your own rights but learning is timeless and priceless” He ended.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Arch. Sonny Echono, noted that the forum was created to foster understanding and cooperation between the boards and the management of the various parastatals.
He noted that with the changes that occurs in public service from time to time, it became imperative that the Chairmen are kept abreast.
The Chairman of a board, among other responsibilities, runs the board and sets the tone, style and agenda; taking full account of issues and strategies for improvement.
The theme of the workshop was, “Administrative Leadership and Financial Management”.