Days after the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioned the Nigeria-Korea Model School, in Piwoyi Abuja, the Administration has again taken delivery of a new block of two classrooms, donated by the Chinese Government, to expand the capacity of the China Assisted Model Primary School in Nyanya.
While commissioning the block of classrooms, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, expressed satisfaction with the school’s ambience, cleanliness as well as the pupil performance. To this effect, the Minister declared that this should be the face of public primary schools in Abuja.
He consequently directed the FCT Education Secretariat as well as the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) authorities to study the plan of the school with a view to replicating same in the entire territory.
He said: “I am impressed with the school environment. The environment is very clean and with the performance of the pupils, I can infer that the teachers are doing their work very well. We must aim to replicate the good ambience in all the schools in the Federal Capital Territory. We must also aim to sustain the professionalism I have seen here today.”
Speaking further, Malam Bello described the relationship between Nigeria and China as very deep and close, adding that the presence of the China Assisted Model Primary School further reinforced the cordial relationship between the Nigeria and China.
Harping on the importance of education, the minister described education as an engine for national growth.
According to him, “Education is the only tool with which a son of a peasant can become a president and the child of a farmer, in an area that boasts of no hospital, can become a medical doctor.”
Speaking during the commissioning exercise, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr.Zhou Pingjian expressed the willingness of the Government of China to continue to support educational programmes in FCT in particular and Nigeria in general.
The Ambassador commended the commitment of the minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to deliver quality education to FCT residents.
His words: “Bequeathing quality education to residents of the Federal Capital Territory has continued to be priority of the FCT Minister. We must commend the minister for this rare feat.”
The Head Teacher of the China Model Primary School, Nyanya, Hajia Daudat Duduyemi, expressed optimism that the present school population which stood at 380 pupils would increase dramatically with the commissioning of a new block of two classrooms and the renovation work done in the school by CCECC Limited.
She said: “At commencement of the school, we had a population of 85 pupils in 2011.However, presently, the school population is 380 pupils, which comprise 265 pupils in the primary section and 115 pupils in Early Child Care Development section. With the commissioning of these additional two classrooms, it will certainly increase the school enrolment.”
Delivering vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of FCT, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa explained that the commissioning signaled another wonderful turn in the annals of the history of the cordial relationship between FCT and the Government of China.
Sir Ohaa thanked the Government of China for showing special interest in enhancing educational programmes in the Federal Capital Territory.
Chief Press Secretary to FCT Minister