Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje distributes the sum of N880,922,432,38k to Community Promotion Council (CPC) from the 44 local governments for the rehabilitation of primary schools within a period of three weeks.
The Governor Assured that his administration would continue to finance education being the bedrock for societal development, emphasizing that, “It is because of the importance we attach to this sector that our budgetary provision for education is over 26 percent.”
According to a statement signed by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, said the disclosure was made during the presentation exercise of N20 Million to branches of Community Promotion Council across the 44 local governments for the renovation of some selected primary schools across the state, held at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, Sunday.
“We have the political will; we are doing our best in financing our education sector and also community participation is prioritized as well. Our budgetary allocation is over 26 percent, we use 5 percent of our internally generated revenue and 5 percent of our local government statutory allocation”, Gandu added.
All to the basket of Education Trust Fund. We also use 2 percent of our contracts in the state. All to the basket. We are committing these to have quality education. Education development is a must for the overall development of our state. There is federal statutory funds and other grants from development partners,” he emphasized.
Governor Ganduje said “We are providing total sum of N880,922,432.38k for the execution of various rehabilitation works of our Community Promotion Council across all the 44 local governments. The Bill of Quantity is included. So that no time would be wasted. They are given the period of 3 weeks to accomplish it.”
On her part, the representative of Department for International Development (DFID), Nafisa Ado, relaying the goodwill message from the people and government of the United kingdom, said DFID Nigeria commends his excellency for investing right, because investing in education is investing right, and it is commendable.
“Through our education programs like fitila, GEP3, ENGINE, and KaLMA, DFID is consistent in its support to Kano in its delivery of quality education services in schools. This include developing capacity of community structures so they can receive and implement grants like this one”.
Also, through our PERL Program, we have supported the draft of the roadmap for the new policy on free and compulsory education” she said.
Most recently, through our Lafiya program, DFID has responded to the call of his Excellency to train 200 principals and Head teachers and we are working with Moe an SUBEB to train all principals and Head teachers in the state, she added.
While we strengthen the capacity of our communities through our education and governance programs, we shall maintain our support to the state.”
According to the statement, Nafisa Ado hinted to the governor that, “From 31st August the name DFID will be replaced by FCDO (Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office).”
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were the Emirs of Bichi and Rano, while Emirs of Gaya, Kano and Karaye sent representatives. Emir of Bichi who spoke on behalf of other Emirs called on the people to support government’s policies for the development of the state.”
Commissioners of Education and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muhammad Sunusi Kiru and Murtala Sule Garo assured that Kano state government would continue to prioritize education at all levels, with community participation at its best.