Governor Mala Buni of Yobe has reiterated his Government’s determination to improve the quality of education in the state by reviving educational infrastructure.
He made this known during an Education Fund Raiser with the theme,” Revitalising Education in Yobe State,” held at Sheraton Hotel, in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Nov. 9, 2021, the state government inaugurated a 21-member committee to raise funds for the education sector.
The governor said the state government constructed and renovated over 300 schools, established six Model schools and seven Mega schools across the state.
The governor also said that the state government procured Text books and Laboratory Equipment worth N1 billion and supplied class and office furniture worth over N1 billion to create a conducive atmosphere for learning and teaching in the schools.
Similarly, Buni said his administration has trained and retrained about 10,000 teachers to improve their capacity on teaching methodology to impart knowledge and skills efficiently and effectively.
“The state government is employing more qualified teachers to man the schools.
” This administration has also taken deliberate measures to enrich the school feeding programme and recently, we introduced chicken and eggs on the school menu to ensure that no student abandons school due to lack of feeding.
” Our investment in education in the last two years has paid off handsomely. Our students’ performances in national examinations have improved tremendously with more qualified candidates to exhaust the state’s admission quota in tertiary institutions,” he said.
The expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for the commitment and resilience in fighting insurgency to give Yobe the desired peace and security to rebuild education.
” I also wish to appreciate the federal government, our development partners and the World Bank for supporting our efforts to revitalise education in Yobe.
“However, the enormity of the task to rejuvenate education in the state is far beyond the traditional Treasury capacity of Yobe, even as we put forward our best efforts.
” Consequent to these challenges, we decided to approach your good selves, our potential benefactors, through this education fund raising event to seek your support, in cashor in kind of endowment seed fund to an estimated value of N25 billion.
” This will go a long way to help us satisfactorily sustain the delivery of the work we have set out to achieve,” Buni said.
He noted that the fund raising would enable the state develop and maintain high standard of education philosophy; education policy; legal, regulatory, and institutional arrangement in the Basic and Secondary Education sub sector.
He also said that the fund would help the state eliminate the problem of out-of-school children; maintain the highest standard of enrolment, attendance, and retention with special attention to girls’ education.
” The funds will also improve the adequacy in quality and quantity of teachers and para-teaching personnel among others,” he added.
NAN reports that the highpoint of the event was the donation of N1 billion to support Yobe education by the Chairman, Mangal Group and Chief Launcher, Alhaji Dahiru Mangal.
The Chairman Dangote Group of companies also donated N350 million, Nigeria Governor’s Forum N350 million, Tahir Group of company N100 million and others.