Daily Trust (Abuja)

25 August 2011

Nigeria: NTI Management's Trip to India Not a Jamboree - DG

Kaduna — The trip recently embarked upon by the National Teachers' Institute (NTI), Kaduna, to the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU), India, was not a jamboree, but a study trip, Director-General of the institute, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu has said.

Dr Sharehu, who was reacting to an allegation that the trip was a jamboree and that it was embarked upon without the approval of the Minister of Education, said the trip was embarked upon following an invitation by authorities of the university.

"The trip to IGNO University, India was as a result of the university's invitation because NTI is one of their international partners. We accepted to go because we know we can learn from the university, particularly on the distance learning programme. It is the largest university in the world, with a students' population of over 4 million and runs over 560 programmes and courses," he said.

He said during the trip, zonal coordinators and representatives of the governing council of the institute under studied the distance learning programme and other programmes of the university.

He said the trip was embarked upon with the approval of the council of the institute.

"During one of our trips, we succeeded in acquiring 1,000 brand new computers. This to show you that all overseas trips that we embarked upon are result oriented, we never went on any trip for personal interests. The institute's interest is paramount to us and we always follow due process," he said.

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