Sokoto, Niger Republic to Set up Joint Schools

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By Mohammed Aminu

The Sokoto State Government, in collaboration with the Government of Niger Republic, will establish a cluster of new schools that will be run on dual curriculum of English and French.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal, who made this known at the recent inauguration of President Mahamadou Issouffou in Niamey, said the schools would be established in border towns, and the first would be sited in Gudu Local Government Area of Sokoto, and would be established before the end of 2016.

“The schools will promote cultural ties between the two governments and will train new set of students that will be proficient in both English and French.” He noted that the people of Sokoto have long cultural and historical ties with their neighbours across the border.

Tambuwal emphasised that his administration would introduce wide ranging policies that would strengthen and enhance the ties and restated the government’s determination to raise the standard of education in the state.

He added that the state of emergency declared in the education sector in the state last year would make appreciable impact in the long-term.