Sokoto Declares State of Emergency in Education


By Abdallah el-Kurebe

‎In reaction to the sorry-state of education in the state, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has announced the declaration of state of emergency in the sector.

Jointly briefing media men on the declaration on Wednesday shortly after the second State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, Commissioners of Agriculture, Health and Finance, Umaru Nagwari Tambuwal, Dr. Balarabe Kakale and Said Umar, respectively said that a bill in that stead had been passed by the State House of Assembly.

According to Tambuwal, the state of emergency in the state’s education sector aims to turn around the fortune of the sector in the next four years.

The decision made at the EXCO meeting, which was presided over by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was to ensure that extra ordinary measures were implemented within a defined time-frame to achieve desired result.

He said statistics on education in Sokoto was not only worrisome, but regrettable, adding that with the new policy in place, government hopes to reverse the negative trend for the benefit of the state.

“Our objective is to improve enrollment at all stages – basic, secondary and tertiary. By the end of this programme, we will ensure that our quotas in all federal schools are filled.

“We hope to improve quality of teachers by training and retraining, and recruitment of new ones. Any teacher whose capacity did not improve after the training will be reassigned to where his ability will be better needed.The ultimate aim is to improve human capital capacity in the sector, eliminate inequality in access and radically improve numeracy and literacy,” he added.

The commissioner said other measures to be implemented include focusing on infrastructure by building new schools where necessary and improving on existing ones.
Other decisions reached at the council meeting include rendering of emergency assistance to 20,000 rice, onion, wheat and tomato farmers to mitigate the effect of last season’s flood.    ‎

Posted by Abdallah el-kurebe