By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
Senator representing Borno South in the 9th Assembly, Senator Muhammad Ali Ndume has said that the bill for the establishment of a Federal College of Education (FCE) at Gwoza in Borno State has passed the second reading.
Expressing his joy, the lawmaker said that what is left for now is for the bill to debated on, and then goes to the Senate for final hearing and confirmation before it would be submitted to the President for assent.
The Senator said that Gwoza was part of Cameroon before it chose to return to Nigeria and according to him, that area has not seen the building of higher institutions since 1914.
Ndume, further revealed that Gwoza area can boast of over 30 professors currently and the former Vice chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria is one of them.
Ndume who explained why he came up with the bill to establish a higher institution to train teachers, said that the importance of Education in Borno State and the country at large cannot be overemphasized.
He further explained that education has been one of the major sources of unity and progress within the Gwoza community.
He also added that by establishing a College of Education in that area, unemployment rate would be reduced and the push to join Boko Haram or other violent gangs would decline.