Sokoto builds 50 new schools

The Sokoto State Government has built 50 new secondary schools based on demands by their respective host communities , according to Dr . Jabbi Kilgori , the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education .
Kilgori told newsmen on Sunday in Gudu that government ’ s partnership with communities on education had continued to yield positive results in the sector .
He said that government had established consultative committees on educational development , at the state and local government levels , to streamline government activities toward maximum success of the state of emergency declared in education.
According to him , members of the committee included traditional and religious leaders , Parents Teachers Associations, community- based organisations , NGOs and selected individuals.
“ The committees assist government on enrolment drive campaigns , mobilise parents on continuation of studies and carry out other forms of sensitisations, including door - to- door contacts .
“ Through our partnership with the communities , we get to understand demands and complaints ; such information guides us on school establishment needs , teachers and students conducts , and infrastructural needs , ” Kilgori said .
He said that N 1 bn was sunk into the construction of Balle Secondary School in the Gudu area , adding that the school would serve students from Balle and neighbouring communities .
The commissioner said that much success had been recorded in the education sector since government declared a state - of- emergency on it, and particularly commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal’ s political will that had ensured prompt responses to educational issues .
He said that 2, 000 teachers had been recruited in addition to massive rehabilitation of infrastructures , provision of text and exercise books , furniture , enhanced feeding and the equipping of laboratories .
Kilgori said that the consultative committees had stimulated enrollment competition among communities by instituting an annual award for high enrollments among local governments.
According to him , the local government with the highest enrolment was entitled to N 1 m, while the second and third receive N 600 , 000 and N 300, 000 respectively.
The commissioner said that 488 Qur ’ anic schools would be integrated into modern system of education under integration enrollment plan this year , adding that two schools would be captured in each of the 244 political wards.