Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has on Tuesday paid an advocacy visit to the Honourable Commissioner, Bauchi State Ministry of Education.
The team headed by the executive director Dr. Y.Z Yau ably represented by the senior programmes officer of the centre, Malam Isah Garba.
The team were warmly welcomed by the Honourable Commissioner.
In his advocacy message, Malam Garba appreciated the commissioner for agreeing to see the team despite his busy schedules.
He recalled that the centre has conducted series of activities aimed at improving the education system, including the conduct of research in 2015 on the state of education in the state, which has led to the subsequent declaration of state of emergency on the sector.
Mallam Isah Garba who assured the readiness of the centre to support the ongoing education reform in the State, appreciated the activism and reform mindset of the Commissioner to change the narrative status of education in the State.
He explained further that the main reason for the visit is to congratulate the Commissioner for the new appointment and to enhance partnership with the Ministry with a view to addressing some of the problems of education in the State, especially those related to ICTs.
Responding shortly after the advocacy message, The State Commissioner of Education Dr. Aliyu Usman Tilde welcomed the delegation, saying that ICT has come to stay, making it something we must embrace.
It is time to adopt it but it has to begin somewhere and we are proud to say it has begun.
He said, the State education system has suffered a neglect in the past, which has drastically affected the general performance of students in both internal and external examinations.
Tilde who described Information Technology as a vital tool for improving work efficiency in governance, also sought to partner with the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) for the development of the education in the State.
He maintained that already, his office has developed a software which monitors real time attendance of teachers in their various places of assignment.
It went beyond the office discussion, the commissioner took CITAD team to the newly established computer lab; fully equipped with modern ICT facilities located within the ministry complex and urge the team to come up with an initiative that will ensure the efficient use of the resources in there.