Every sector in Taraba state has experienced the magic touch of Gov Darius Ishaku’s administration, but education is exceptional as ANDREW OJIH reports.
No doubt, education is the backbone of every society. To that extent, Governor Darius Ishaku since assuming office in 2015 has placed the state on a high pedestral leading to empirical achievements.
Since May 29 2015 when he resumed office, Arch Ishaku has done well towards ensuring that the empowerment of teachers and the students in Taraba gets a boost.
For instance, under Ishaku in 2015, the state government organised a seminar tagged: ‘Train the Teacher’ which was held for two days with professionals training the teachers and personnel, a development that played a vital role in revitalising the sector and boosting the morale of teachers and auxillary staff.
Sequel to this, for the first time in the history of the state, Taraba got 63.7 % in WAEC performance which was indeed a great achievement to the educational sector and state at large.
A year later, Taraba emerged as the eighth in the whole of Nigeria with excellent performance in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) result.
From 2015 till date, the administration of Gov Ishaku has recruited over 3,000 teachers and trained same through various seminars. Also, he increased the numbers of professors at the state owned university from four to 56.
That’s not all, he also increased faculties in the university from four to eight and ensured the accreditation of many courses including Law, Health Sciences, Engineering etc.
These improvements made the National Universities Commission (NUC) to increase the admission capacity from 2,700 to 5,000 upon which 5,000 fresh students were admitted this year. Furthermore, through his intervention and contributions, the university has started running a doctorate programme in many courses.
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Taraba state created about 27 years ago, no doubt, has grown many tertiary, secondary and primary institutions to the extent that the state wears the number one toga for WAEC performance in the entire North-east geographical region of the country.