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Sokoto to declare state of emergency in education sector



Sokoto State Gov, Aminu Tambuwal

TO effectively tackle the problems confronting education in Sokoto, the state government said it has resolved to declare a state of emergency in the sector.

This was part of the decision reached at a retreat organised by the Sokoto State government for political office holders and senior public officials, which ended in Kaduna at the weekend.

A communiqué issued in Sokoto yesterday, signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Bashir Garba, said it is regrettable that Sokoto has failed to fulfill its quota in all federal tertiary institutions due to poor foundation in primary and secondary education in the state.

It said declaring a state of emergency will enable the government to fully focus on the sector by implementing expert advice on the way forward.

Similarly, it urged the government to key into the activities of Sokoto Education Trust Fund, which has trained over 30,000 beneficiaries in various intervention programmes in the sector in the last 17 years.

On the Almajiri system of education, the communiqué decried the abuse of the concept and resolved to work with religious scholars and traditional rulers to sensitise the public on the true position of Islam, which he said abhors begging.

The communiqué also resolved to exploit the abundant mineral resources available in the state and facilitate the procurement of mining licenses to ease exploitation.
“In addition to this, relevant data should be generated on available mineral deposits so as to attract investors for the economic growth of the state and create employment opportunities for the populace,” the statement added.

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