By Ademola Orunbon
The Ogun State government said it has commenced process on the enactment of a bill on autonomy of the State’s Agency for Mass Education and composition of its statutory board, tagged “Autonomy to Adult/Non-Formal Education Sector”, in the State.
The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu made this known at a-day workshop organized by the Agency for Adult Mass Education for adults and non-formal education supervisors and facilitators in the State.
He said with the theme of the workshop “Adult and Non-formal Education as a Catalyst for Sustainable Development in Nigeria: The Roles of Adult Educators and Changing Andragogy”, noted that it was imperative to educate adults in the modern world.
Arigbabu said that government was poised to ensure manpower development in all areas, noting that the training was organized to sharpen skills and update the knowledge of participants with new trend of discharging their responsibilities for optimal performance.
He said- “Let me assure you that the present administration is not unmindful of the importance of developing the Non-formal education sector, hence, his unwavering desire to uplift the present status quo of adult and non-formal education service delivery in the State.”
In his welcome address, the Director of the Agency for Mass Education (AME), Mr. Adebola Lawal stressed the need for training programme to address the quest for sustainable national development in the educational sector in the country.
He said that the training become imperative, especially for the current social vices bedeviling the entire nation, ranging from high rate of illiteracy, insecurity, kidnapping, economic downturn, raping and many more.