Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday commissioned the first private College of Education in Taraba, noting that educational development remained the most important aspect of human development.
Atiku speaking shortly before cutting the commissioning tape at the campus of the school in Jalingo said, most of the advanced Countries in the world attained their status through knowledge and not through acquisition of natural resources.
“ Today, there are a lot of countries in the world that are developed, not because they have any natural resources but because they have developed their human resources,” he said.
The former Vice President noted that the take off of Peacock as College of Education rather than a University did not in any way mean it cannot grow to become a University some day.
“I started Abti University, Yola, 20 years ago as a Nursery school. Later to a Primary, Secondary and then to a University as it is today.
“ Therefore, I am optimistic that you will grow to a University in no distant future,” he said.
Earlier, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said the ministry would continue to support the 84 Colleges of Education in the country including Peacock.
Represented by Prof. Baffa Aliyu, Adamu noted that investment in education was a selfless service to humanity not a “money spinner”.
He urged the College to ensure it adhere strictly to the guidelines of the National Commission for Colleges of Education to avoid sanction.
Sen. Abdulaziz Ibrahim, the co-proprietor of the College, said the ICT based College was established to complement other higher institutions in the State.
He listed other objectives of the College to include; provision of qualified ICT compliant Primary and Secondary School teachers and to offer learning opportunities to married women, among others.