Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
The Sokoto State Government said it has concluded plans to launch an educational appeal fund to effectively provide basic educational needs for people of the state.
The Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Bello Sifawa, who disclosed this recently while addressing journalists at the end of the state executive council meeting, said the measure is part of the state government’s commitment to ensure the realisation of the objectives of the recent declaration of a state of emergency by the government.
He said the move is part of the efforts to ensure that all stakeholders make their meaningful contributions towards revamping the hitherto moribund sector, adding that the fund is meant to provide a proper foundation for education, especially at the basic and secondary levels to ensure optimal performance.
Sifawa emphasised that the state government would reach out to wealthy individuals, corporate organisations, development partners and donor agencies in this direction, adding that the move is to complement the efforts of the state government in providing basic educational needs.
“Doing so will ensure the provision of quality education for our youths, hence guaranteeing the future of the state and that of Nigeria by extension. The era when pupils receive lectures on bare floor will soon be a thing of the past this is because concrete measures aimed at providing conducive atmosphere for learning have been taken.”
He added that the state government had allocated nearly 27 per cent of the 2016 budget to the education sector.
Meanwhile, the council also approved the purchase of four generating sets, each with 500 KVA capacity for the State Water Board at N395 million.
The commissioner said this was to enhance the provision of adequate potable water to residents of Sokoto city and its environs.