Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal today distributed teaching and learning materials to each of the Education Secretaries in the 23 local government areas of the Sokoto state.
The governor, also divulged that the stste has also
paid all its marching grants and counterpart fund due to UBEC and other stakeholders.
He also added that the donation was a fulfilment of his dedication to quality education for all in the state.
The donation which was held at the conference hall of the State Universal Basic Education Board along airport road, was equally accompanied with a promise to not only increase but also extend teachers service year from 60 to 65.
While noting that the salaries of teachers would have been increased alongside that of other civil servants, Tambuwal divulged that it was delayed because of huge ghost workers in the system which they are trying to verify.
The governor who reassured that the verification exercise wasn’t aimed at expelling any teacher from service but to only ascertain the actual number of genuine ones in the system.
Tambuwal further maintained that when the verification is completed, the outcome will help the state to save more funds which will be used not improve teachers’ welfare and employ more.
The Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education Alhaji Mohammed Bello Abubakar Gwuiwa said earlier in his remarks that the instructional materials were secured by the state government in it’s effort to boost basic education in the state.
On his part, the Executive Chairman, Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Honourable Altine Shehu Kajiji said the instructional materials were meant for distribution not only to schools under the Board but also to sister agencies such as JSS Schools under the Ministry for Science and Technical Education, Arabic and Islamic Education Board, Female Education Board, Agency for Mass Education and Agency for Nomadic Education among others.
The instructional materials according to Hon. Kajiji included, Chalk, Attendance, Admission and Pupils Registers, Scheme of Work Records and Diaries.
Others are English Text Books for Primary four to six, Desktop computers and Radio sets Provided by UNICEF as well as school bags, Sandals, Shoes, Mats and Uniforms to be distributed to Pupils Under the Better Education Service Delivery for All Non-Formal Learning System in the state.
“The donations were in addition to about nine thousand double seater furniture for distribution to schools in need across the state”. Hon. Kajiji enthused.
SUBEB Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ahmed Rufa’i Ibrahim applauded had earlier applauded the state government and other Development Partners for their sustain encouragement and support to uplifting the standard of basic education in Sokoto.
Other speakers at the occasion included the representative of UBEC Zonal office in the state Malam Abdulkadir, Education Specialist UNICEF Field Office Sokoto, Mrs Meriyan and State SBMC Chairman Alhaji Junaidu Umar Jabo.
Recall, that governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal had from the inception of his administration declared state of emergency on education in Sokoto and has since then continued to allocate the highest percentage of the state budget to the sector.