By Gift Olivia Samuel, Daniels Nwokike
The Federal Ministry of Education, has on Thursday, pledged to support the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), in its bid to upgrade its Academy, to a degree awarding institution.
This was made known in Abuja, when the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu received a delegation, led by the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, on a courtesy call to the Ministry.
The Minister who was flanked by the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and many board directors, welcomed the Corps Marshal and his entourage who came to intimate him on the sate of affairs of the FRSC academy, where FRSC officers are being trained in Udi LGA of Enugu state, the only one in Africa and an FRSC training school in Jos, Plateau state.
While receiving the delegation, the Minister stated that he is happy with the work that had already been put in the upgrading processes of the academies and promised to give the Corps his full support.
Earlier in his speech, the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, said that the visit is to formally inform the Minister on the proposed upgrade of the two FRSC institutions in Udi and Jos to become degree and diploma awarding institutions.
Oyeyemi stated that he is not seeking for funds, as the institutions are already funded by the federal government through a provision for them in the national budget for over 30 years.
According to him, “We just want to upgrade the status of the schools so that they would be self-funded. Because by the time they become diploma awarding institutions with Masters and Postgraduate Diplomas included, it will be funding itself”, he added.
He said that the move to upgrade the institutions started on the right foot as the processes of affiliation to Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), as directed by the Executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), has since commenced and the syllables for the academy has been worked on and approved by the Senate of FUTO.The Corps Marshal further said that funds, to the tune of N27 million, has been approved for the Nigeria Educational Research Development (NERD), to develop a curriculum for the Corps, adding that the National Council of Education had already approved the fusion of road safety curriculum to the programmes of Primary and Secondary Schools.
Oyeyemi also used the opportunity to commend the minister for his reforms in the educational sector which he said, has already been felt.