By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Great Thinkers Educational Empowerment Initiative (GTEEI) has inaugurated its Board of Trustees (BoT) in Abuja, even as it vowed to tackle illiteracy and democratize education for Nigerians irrespective of circumstance of birth.
Speaking during an inaugural ceremony held in Abuja, the chairman of GTEEI, Ernest Amama, said he was pushed into setting up the NGO due to his concerns over the pitfalls associated with Nigerian educational system.
According to him, the essence of the NGIO is to liberalize Nigerian educational system, saying “this new direction is much needed in our educational system to put Nigeria on track with world community of nations in development in all fields balanced on the foundation of proper education from the grassroots level.”
Speaking further, Amama who said the members of the BoT were drawn from the six geopolitical zones of the country, observed that the NGO’s plan on new inputs for new directions and better results will emanate from their BoT members from each zone, according to their identified needs of expected beneficiaries.
He also said “Our implementation strategies will be tailored to every situation of needs, following each plan.
Speaking also at the event, Senator Kashim Shettima, represented by his Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Yusuf Adamu, said Borno state is an area ravaged by insecurity, adding that he worked very hard to ensure that the state have good educational facilities.
According to him, the state under him, has expended a lot of resources to ensure it helps indigent students, adding that a lot of students were send on scholarship, even as he said the state is now back on track.
Similarly, Prof. Daniel Omoweh, who was chairman of the occasion, while promising to do his best in supporting the NGO despite the fact that the role is a major one, just as he charged the BoT members to be above board.
He thanked the members for the confidence reposed in him, saying that the task of directing the ship of great thinkers remain onerous task.
In his goodwill message, a retired Military General, Joseph Komilafe, said the educational pitfalls in Nigeria stems from faulty foundation, observing that the quest for certificates have negatively affected creativity and skills of the youths.
He emphasized that practical knowledge should be given prominence rather than theories, adding that polytechnics should not have business awarding degrees, except they are affiliated to universities of science and technologies.