The Federal Government has set up a technical committee to work out the details for the implementation of the Housing for Teachers Scheme( HATS).
Barrister Nyesom Wike, Minister of State for Education told reporters about the composition of the committee after a meeting with officials of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT)and the management of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.According to the minister the committee will draw out the details for the building of houses for Nigerian teachers, adding that the Jonathan administration remains committed to the welfare of Nigerian teachers,
“The Jonathan administration is committed to ensuring that teachers who are critical to national development have access to affordable and decent houses”, he said.
The Minister said he doesn’t foresee any hiccup in the programme because the Nigerian Union of Teachers and the Mortgage bankers have been carried along from the onset.
The secretary general of NUT, Comrade Ikpe Johnny Obongcommended Barr. Wike for taking proactive measures to ensuring that teachers have their own houses.
He said that the union supports the housing scheme, noting that the union will cooperate with the bank and the Federal Ministry of Education to actualise the programme.
Also speaking, the acting Managing Director of FederalMortgage Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Newman Odia assured the teachers that the bank was committed to the scheme.
Meanwhile, the Minister has declared that the Federal Government will hold school principals accountable for the management of special interventionist funds meant for the revival of infrastructures in Federal Unity Colleges.
Speaking during a budget performance meeting with principals of Federal Unity Colleges on Tuesday, He instructed that the execution of projects in all the schools must be done transparently and in line with approved regulations.
Wike said that the principals were granted autonomy to achieve results in the improvement of the schools without unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks.
He warned principals against using funds earmarked for the development of classrooms, hostels and laboratories for other purposes.
“As principals, you are directly responsible for the development of our Federal Unity Colleges,” he said.
“We on our part have resolved to do our best to achieve the desired results,” he added.
He stated that from the funds of the three quarters released to the schools as special interventions, most schools have received over 60percent of their allocations.
“As drivers of the transformation agenda in the education sector, I urge you in the various colleges to display your professional competence to transform the colleges and justify the confidence reposed on you”, he said.
On admission into schools, Wike advised the principals to ensure that only qualified candidates are admitted in line with approved guidelines from the ministry.
Highpoint of the meeting was the school- by- school assessment of programmes being executed by principals and their management, using the special intervention fund from the Federal Government.
The meeting assessed 30 schools from the six geo-political zones that received the fund.