We will Consolidate and Bridge the Gaps for Maximum Results, says New NTI DG
L-R: Mal. Ibrahim Hamidu, Ag. Registrar NTI, Dr. Bashir Mamman, Director Examinations (Ag. DG/CE) and the newly appointed Director-General and Chief Executive of NTI, Prof. Musa Garba Maitafsir, during the handing over ceremony at NTI, Kaduna, Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The newly appointed Director-General and Chief Executive of the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), Kaduna, Prof. Musa Garba Maitafsir, has said that the focus of his administration will be the consolidation on the gains of the previous leadership of the Institute and bridge the gaps for maximum results.
Prof. Maitafasir, made the disclosure while delivering his maiden speech at an interactive meeting with staff of the Institute, shortly after taking over as the Director-General and Chief Executive of NTI, at the Institute’s headquarters in Kaduna, on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
Prof. Maitafsir, who was a one-time Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Sokoto State between 2012 and 2015, is appointed the new NTI DG/CE effective from September 2, 2021 for a first term of five years.
At the event, while reviewing the Institute’s individual department, he assured the staff that he will create an enabling environment for them to work and contribute their quota in promoting the image of the Institute and efficient service delivery to its students.
“I am aware of the numerous efforts put in place by the immediate past leadership to improve conduct of examinations and is hereby well appreciated.
However, delay in the release of students results, cases of missing grades, including Teaching Practice and projects, as well as omission of students from the print out are some of the challenges, that will be tackled,” he said.
He said that despite the improvement in the Institute’s academic activities, the students’ course books must be reviewed in line with 2021 National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) minimum standards and current National Universities’ Commission (NUC)’s minimum standard for Bachelor degree programmes and Post-Graduate Diploma in Education(PGDE) programmes.
Prof. Maitafsir, who is a professor of Educational Psychology, promised to revive academic publications, educational conferences and Teachers’ Summit, organised by the Institute.
He therefore, urged the staff to device possible measures in order to checkmate all forms of excesses at the Institute’s Study Centres nationwide.
“Course Books should be made available to students as at when due. We shall condone no more delay in the payment of course facilitators allowances, so as to further improve the image of the Institute,” he added.
Expressing his concern on the quality of teachers in the country, Prof. Maitafsir said the Institute must now prioritise quality in both academic and administrative activities. He therefore tasked the Institute’s Department of Quality Assurance and ICT to develop a comprehensive checklist and standard tools on how to sustain and improve on the quality of service delivery in all its activities.
“We shall provide Information Technology (IT) infrastructure for the Institute and ensure its deployment in all our programmes,” he concluded.
Prof. Maitafsir, who also promised to strengthen relationship and collaboration with sister agencies, international development partners, said the training in collaboration with SDGs, the Strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) trainings, Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and BAY state training would hold without delay.
He emphasised to give priority on due-process in the activities of the Institute, staff development and welfare.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari , for finding him worthy of being appointed as the DG/CE of NTI, Kaduna. While promising to justify the confidence repose on him, Prof. Maitafsir also appreciated the Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu and Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba for their recommendation for him to serve.
Delivering his remarks, the Acting Registrar and Secretary to NTI Council, Mal. Ibrahim Hamidu, having congratulated the new DG/CE, said the Institute’s Management and Staff are willing and will cooperate with him to see to the realisation of his good plans for the Institute.
Also speaking, the Institute’s Director of Examinations, Dr. Bashir Mamman, who held the position of Acting DG/CE within the period of the transition from the expiration of the former Director-General and Chief Executive, Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare’s tenure to the commencement of the tenure of Prof. Musa Garba Maitafsir, expressed willingness to work with the new DG/CE as a team.
Prof. Maitafsir, who took over from Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, was NTI Teaching Practice Moderator and Subject Monitor in-charge of Zamfara in the year 2000 and facilitated for the Institute under the MDGs in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
He was also the Chairman of Yabo Local Government in 2007 and the first Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Sokoto state from 2008-March 2014.
The new DG/CE holds a B.A.Ed. Degree from University of Sokoto, M. Ed. (Educational Psychology) from University of Lagos and Ph.D. (Educational Psychology) from the famous University of Science, Malaysia (USM). Until his appointment, he was with the Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education and Extension Services, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
He rosed from graduate-Assistant, to Assistant-Lecturer and later a Senior Lecturer, beside holding positions at various levels at the university.
The handing over ceremony and the staff interactive meeting were attended by all NTI Management Staff, a teacher to the new DG/CE, Prof. Ibrahim Galadima of Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto , Hon. Abubakar Umar Yabo, member representing Yabo-Shagari Federal Constituency, Special Assistant to the DG/CE, Dr. Armaya’u Mallami Yabo and Staff of the Institute.
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