FCTA open to partnership with JICA on teachers’ training – Wike

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By Philip Yatai

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, says the FCT Administration is open to partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), on teachers’ training.

Wike stated this when the Chief Representative of JICA in Nigeria, Mr Yuzurio Susumu, visited him in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister particularly said that he would be interested in training the teachers on science and mathematics.

He described JICA as one of the international organisations that fulfils its promises.

“So, the FCT Administration is willing to cooperate with you more. We would like to achieve more for our people.

“We will continue to partner with you in training our teachers in areas that we believe we require most. We hope you can continue to train our teachers in science and mathematics,” he said.

The minister said that he was aware of the activities of JICA while he was the Minister of Education.

According to him, the efforts to improve access to quality of education are commendable.

He also commended JICA for the plan to train mothers on good nutrition practices, to ensure children have access to nutritious foods that would aid their health and nutrition wellbeing.

“Your activities in agriculture, which particularly deals with nutrition, are highly commended.

“We believe we can still sustain our relationship by making sure that we put in more effort to see that all the activities lined up are completed within the agreed time frame.

“We, on our part, will do all we can to see that we fulfil our own obligations too in matching your own support,” the minister said.

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Earlier, Susumu reiterated the agency’s commitment to capacity building for FCT staff and promising young individuals.

He emphasised JICA’s longstanding collaboration with the government in sustainable economic development and its integral role in the development of the Abuja urban master plan. (NAN)

Edited by Abiemwense Moru

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