Musa Na-Allah Sokoto
Businessmen, especially shop owners in Sokoto State have been warned against buying or selling the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) exercise books.
The Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Alhaji Altine Shehu Kajiji gave the warning while reacting to allegations of selling BESDA properties such as exercise books and whiteboards in the state.
The spokesperson, SUBEB, Abbas Tukur Sanyinna in a statement, Friday, quoted Alhaji Kajiji saying “such properties were secured by Sokoto State Government in conjunction with the BESDA for distribution to schools free of charge.
He described as disheartening, worrying, and intolerable the report that such books which have been distributed to the 23 LGEAs some months ago for onward distribution to pupils of BESDA Non-Formal Learning Centers (NFLCs) can now be found in the market.
Kajiji said the books are not for sale as such anybody found selling or buying them will be arrested and prosecuted.
He expressed displeasure with the ugly trend.
According to him, such an act amounts to sabotage of the state government’s effort in ensuring free basic education for all.
The SUBE Boss then called on residents to report anybody found selling or buying the BESDA books to the board or the nearest security agency for action.
He also directed Education Secretaries to remain vigilant to their responsibilities toward checkmating such incidences as they are the ones who distributed the books to various NFLCs.