Tambuwal Budgets N174.35bn For 2016

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Wednesday presented a budget estimate of N174.35 billion for the 2016 fiscal year.
Presenting the estimate before the state House of Assembly, Tambuwal revealed that the sum of N123.8 billion has been set aside for Capital expenditure and N50.5 billion for Recurrent expenditure.

He said education got thesectoral allocation of 29 percent becoming the largest in order to underscore his recent policy of declaration of state of emergency in the sector.

According to him, “The policy thrust of the Budget is to ensure sustainable development of the State by focusing on the critical sectors of investment in Education, Agriculture, Health, Environment Solid Minerals and Rural Development. 

“The Budget will also pay adequate attention to the implementation of various intervention programmes in the area of poverty reduction; to address critical targets of Sustainable Development Goals so as to achieve the aspirations of the citizenry for a meaningful life,” he added.

Tambuwal said among the key policy thrust of the budget is the sustenance of peace and security in the State; improving the quality of education and healthcare delivery; diversifying the economy by harnessing the agricultural sector and solid minerals deposits; improving the revenue base of the state and plugging all leakages thereby ensuring accountability and transparency in the management of resources.

He said the recurrent expenditure was reduced in order to build up capital which will directly impact on the lives of the people.

“We hope to strengthen public service capacity for good governance, develop human capital, empower our youth, reduce poverty and protect our environment.

“We will provide critical utilities that will give citizens fulfilling life to enable them contribute to the overall development process,” he added.

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We Will Reassign Unqualified Teachers, Says Tambuwal

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By A‎bdallah el-Kurebe 

‎Sokoto government said it will not sack any teacher from the state civil service, but will not fail to reassign any that does not meet the requisite qualifications to be in the classroom.

Making this known while addressing the annual national congress of his alma mata, the Dogon Daji Old Boys Association (DOBA), Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said beginning from the next budget circle, government will ensure continuous training and retraining of teachers to update their knowledge and make them conform with modern teaching techniques.

He said huge sums of money have been budgeted for that purpose, but warned that any teacher who fails to make the grade thereafter, will be reassigned to other ministries and departments of government.

“Let me announce it here that we do not plan to retrench any teacher working with  the state government. In fact, we need more quality teachers to address shortfall in numbers.

“What we will not condone in our schools is unqualified teachers who have nothing to offer our children. If after giving you the necessary training, we discovered you don’t have the capacity or enthusiasm to teach, we will reassign you to where your expertise if most needed,” Tambuwal stated.

While commending the executive committee of the association for its diligence in the face of mounting challenges, Tambuwal urged the members to support the government in its effort to take Sokoto to greater heights.  

At the end of the congress, Alhaji Nasiru Idris was elected national President of the association with Abdullahi Muhammed elected as Secretary. Others elected were Dr. Bello Wamakko as Vice President and Ahmed Garba as Organising Secretary.

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Primate: Nigeria Should Learn From Sokoto’s Peaceful Disposition‎

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe 

Nigeria can learn a lot from Sokoto’s peaceful disposition for rapid development of the country, the Primate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh has said.

Speaking when he led members of the church on a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in Sokoto yesterday, Okoh said even though there a ‘one or two issues’ with conflicts in Sokoto in the past, that has not affected the overall peaceful disposition of the state.

He commended Sokoto state government for its efforts to promote harmony among diverse religious and ethnic groups in the state.

While urging all Nigerians to take the issue of protection of environment seriously, Okoh said the dangers posed by desertification is real and should be accorded the attention it deserves.

 In his remarks, Tambuwal said Christians have lived in peace and harmony in Sokoto for centuries.

He said as part of measures to boost communal harmony, his administration will sustain the policy of non-discriminatory fees paid by all students in public schools started by the last administration.

He equally invited all Nigerians willing to contribute to the development of education to come to Sokoto and exhibit their talents. ‎

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Tambuwal To Christians: No Discriminatory Fees In Sokoto Schools

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By ‎Abdallah el-Kurebe 

As part of measures to boost communal harmony and improve access to education for all persons, the present administration will sustain the policy of non-discriminatory fees in public schools in Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said.

The policy, according to him, started by the last administration in the state, has helped integration and learning.

Speaking when he granted audience to the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh in Sokoto, Tambuwal said  In his remarks, Tambuwal said Christians have lived in peace and harmony in the state for centuries.

He said government appreciates their contributions to the socio-economic development of the state.

Tambuwal said all Nigerians, irrespective of religion and ethnic affiliation, are welcome to Sokoto to contribute to the educational advancement of the state.

In his remarks, Okoh said Nigeria can learn a lot from Sokoto’s peaceful disposition in order to ensure rapid development of the country.

He said even though there were ‘one or two issues’ with conflicts in Sokoto in the past, that has not affected the overall peaceful disposition of the state.

He commended Sokoto state government for its efforts to promote harmony among diverse religious and ethnic groups in the state.

While urging all Nigerians to take the issue of protection of environment seriously, Okoh said the dangers posed by desertification is real and should be accorded the attention it deserves.‎

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