21 September 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Government has commenced a development programme for selected teachers of junior secondary schools in Bayelsa State.
The programme, according to the board, commenced at the beginning of the week and will ultimately benefit teachers from the six geopolitical zones of the nation, with Bayelsa being the pilot state.
The training will last for 6 weeks and holds at the University of Africa in Toro-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.
The General Manager, Capacity Building Division, NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikuru, said 250 teachers are participating in the current scheme, which includes 75 in Mathematics, 75 in English Language, 50 in Basic Science and 50 in Basic Technology.
Ikuru explained that the programme was conceived because the Board had over time detected some deficiencies in many Nigerian graduates while conducting training programmes and preparing them for opportunities in the oil and gas industry.
Some of these deficiencies, he explained, were attributed to the graduates’ poor learning foundations.
“This development programme is in line with NCDMB’s Nigerian Content Human Capacity Development Initiative, which is geared to grow local skilled manpower for the oil and gas industry.
“The Board sponsored the development programme with a view to equipping teachers who are responsible for forming the foundation of Nigerian graduates, some who would work in the oil and gas industry and other key sectors of the economy.”