Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has inaugurated a 12-bed clinic built by old students of the Sultan Abubakar College, Sokoto for their alma mater at the cost of over N19 million. The inauguration ceremony was organised as part of the 50th anniversary of the institution.
Speaking at the event, the monarch commended the old boys association for the gesture and promised to pay for the services of the health personnel recruited for the clinic.
“I will also continue to personally pay for the services of a nurse at the clinic up to the end of my life. I am also urging the state government and Sokoto South Local Government Area to post a medical doctor and additional nurses to the clinic.
”In the same vein, I will personally assist in the rehabilitation of some structures at the college like the staff common rooms and assembly hall.”
The sultan added that the provision of quality education for the youths is key to curbing drug abuse, restiveness and other crimes and commended the state government for according education a top priority, especially the declaration of the state of emergency in the sector.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, said the state government has commenced the total rehabilitation of the college.
He promised to continue to promulgate and implement policies and programmes targeted at restoring the lost glory of the education sector. “Education is the only veritable tool of national development and we will never waiver in taking the sector to greater heights.”
Tambuwal commended the sultan for his relentless efforts towards developing the sector, especially girl-child education.
Also speaking, the National Chairman of the old boys association, Alhaji Aliyu Lawal and the Chairman, Sokoto State chapter, Alhaji Almustapha Sahabi, pledged to continue to assist in developing their alma mater.
The Principal of the college, Alhaji Almustapha Abubakar, said the clinic would help in providing quality healthcare services to its community and neighbours.