Democracy Day: How Tambuwal revived education in Sokoto

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Aminu Tambuwal, the Sokoto state governor has highlighted the various achievements of his administration since it came into office exactly two years ago on May 29, 2015.

Mr Tambuwal in a statement said the declration of state of emergency in education sector led to the new achievements the states has recorded in the sector.

He said his government passed the Right to education bill which criminalizes refusal to send children to school, and parents will be liable to criminal prosecution if they stop their children from attending school.

Below is the achievements of the governor in the education sector

CHANGING FACE OF EDUCATION IN SOKOTO ACHIEVEMENTS OF GOVERNOR AMINU WAZIRI TAMBUWAL IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR

1. Declaration of state of emergency in education
2. Establishment of a technical committee on state of emergency and charged with the responsibility of developing a framework for the proper implementation of the emergency declared.
3. In 2016 budget, education got N34.5 billion, the highest budgetary allocation of 29%
4. In 2017 budget, education maintained its top position in sectoral allocation when it got N38.4 billion allocation. This represents 27.3 percent of the total budget outlay.
5. The sum of N2.2 billion has been paid as scholarship to Sokoto indigenes from May 2015 to date.
6. Right to Education Bill: Sokoto became the first state in Nigeria to introduce the ‘Right to Education’ bill when Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal sought assent from the State House of Assembly for passage. The bill provides for free and compulsory education, to be paid for by public coffers, for all children between ages six and 18. It also criminalises refusal to send children to school, and parents will be liable to criminal prosecution if they stop their children from attending school.
7. Only LGA in Nigeria without senior secondary school gets one: Building of Government Secondary School, Balle, Gudu LGA, the only local government area without a senior secondary school in Nigeria. In 2016, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal released the sum of N1.2 billion for construction work for the new school to begin. Apart from providing opportunity for the LGA’s 200,000 inhabitants, the new school will operate a dual curriculum of English and French, and will serve citizens of Nigeria and neighbouring Niger Republic.
8. Construction of 54 new secondary schools: From September 2015 to date, 54 new secondary schools have been built. The number includes 35 new junior secondary schools and 19 new senior secondary schools. In total, government intends to build 160 new primary and secondary schools across the state by the end of 2017.
9. Creation of Agency for Girl Child Education which will supervise and implement targeted policies aimed at assisting female students to achieve their potentials in life.
10. Disbursement of N158 million to 10,564 families to enable them allow their female children to attend classes.
11. In 2015/2016 academic session, 1,200,000 new pupils were admitted into schools for the first time. A similar target has been set for the current 2016/2017 academic session.
12. Sponsorship of 250 female teachers for specialized training at the State College for Education. They will be posted back to their communities to serve as role models for girls.
13. Renovation of 1500 primary schools, 180 junior secondary schools and 200 senior secondary schools with more than 80% of the number completed.
14. Approval, in principal, to build 40 new model secondary schools in the state. The new model schools will serve as pioneer centres of excellence across the three senatorial zones in the 23 LGAs. The work will go hand in hand with renovation of existing schools currently going on.
15. Upgrading the Department of Higher Education into a full-fledged ministry.
16. Introduction of the approved Consolidated Salary Structure for lecturers in all tertiary institutions in Sokoto State.
17. Training of 3,143 teachers in new teaching techniques. Done with collaboration of NEI+
18. Training of 165 teachers on Quality Assurance assessment and Jolly Phonics
19. Recruitment of 1000 new teachers for secondary schools, including science and technology teachers
20. Sponsoring of about 300 lecturers to various trainings at home and abroad
21. Building of 230 blocks of 3 classrooms and two blocks of 6 classrooms in various Primary and Junior Secondary Schools across the state
22. Renovation of more than 300 blocks of classrooms state-wide.
23. N93,600,000 used for procurement and distribution of JAMB forms to 13,000 Sokoto indigenes in two years.
24. N603,409308 expended on construction of 60 office complex and modern library at Sokoto State University
25. Establishment of College of Basic and Remedial Studies, Sokoto
[7:16 AM, 5/29/2017] Imam Imam: TAMBUWAL’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN AGRIC SECTOR
1. 140 fish farmers, made up of mostly women and pensioners, supported with grants and starter-packs of tanks, fish feeds and fish seeds. N19,000,000 expended on their training
2. 9 Grazing reserves approved and developed to enhance meat and milk production, and to end farmers’/herdsmen clashes
3. Conduct of baseline survey to capture irrigable land, farmers date, farmers groups and clusters for easy planning and investment promotion
4. 300 Sokoto indigenes trained by Henan University of Technology via a partnership with the Umaru Ali Shinkafi (state) Polytechnic, Sokoto on grain/food security
5. 981,000kg of rice seeds procured and distributed to farmers free of charge at the cost of N294,490,000
6. 6,000 bags of 100kg of wheat seed procured and distributed to farmers free of charge at the cost of N161,700,000
7. Promotion of private sector drive outgrower programme with Dangote Rice at Goronyo and Middle Rima Valley
8. 1000 farmers engaged for the 2017 dry season farming with 500 hectres committed to the project as a pilot scheme
9. 15,000 units of water pumping machine were procured and sold to farmers at subsidized rate of N10,000 per unit
10.15,000 tube wells drilled across 23 LGAs for use by farmers
11.In 2016, 600 trucks of fertilizer were procured at the cost of N2.4 billion and sold to farmers at subsidized rate for the 2016 wet season farming
12.15,000 mt of fertilizer procured under the Federal Government’s fertilizer programme
13.Resuscitation of Kware Irrigation Scheme abandoned for nearly 90 years
14.4,000 farmers to benefit from the reconstruction of Wurno Dam to be executed in collaboration with the World Bank. N1.2 billion has already been released by state government as counterpart fund
15.15,000 litres of pesticide procured for the control of both field and domestic pests
16.Establishment of Sokoto State Agricultural Data Base.
17.65,000 farmers with 125,000 hectres of land captured in the first phase of the state agric data initiative
18.482,386 farmers benefitted from the state’s collaboration with IFAD/CBARDP
19. The IFAD partnership created 27,166 jobs, provided 875km of access roads and provided 3000 water points for the use of humans and livestock across the state
20. From 2016 to 2017, land use for upland and lowland areas increased from 3200 hectres to 6000 hectres.
21. 12,065 farmers, facilitators and rural women have been trained in collaboration with World Bank’s Fadama III scheme.
22.So far, 15,885 business plans for both wet and dry season farming for 2017 has been approved, with an area covering 13,801 hecres across 180 production clusters
23. N598,000,000 released as counterpart funding to sustain the Fadama III programme for the year 2016 and 2017
24. N35,956,575 released for feasibility study/design and purchase of survey equipment for the new 500 hectres solar-powered irrigation scheme at Muza
25. N1,690,000,000 expended in the purchase of 1000units of hand tiller machines for farmers in the state
26. Government signed letter of intent for an agricultural cooperation with the Henan Province of China to construct an agricultural science and technology demonstration park.
[7:21 AM, 5/29/2017] Imam Imam: MINING, COMMERCE, INDUSTRIES AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION

1. N2,000,000,000 set aside by the Sokoto State Government and the bank of Industry (BoI) as intervention fund for the development of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in the state
2. N3,300,000,000 Investment attracted to Sokoto State in 2016 through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company for the expansion of critical infrastructure in the power sector
3. N250,000,000 new organic fertilizer plant constructed in the state in partnership with IML Nigeria Ltd
4. The new factory will produce 15,000mt of organic fertilizer annually and provide employment direct and indirect job opportunities to 20,000 people. It is expected to come on stream in December 2017
5. Resuscitation of Sokoto Investment Company Limited with the appointment of a new management team
6. Under a PPP arrangement with Hijrah Ltd, a new Textile Factory is now under construction at Kalambaina. Work has reached 80 percent completion
7. Establishment of Leather Industrial Cluster in Sokoto with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
8. Resuscitation of the Technology Incubation Centre. So far, access roads, 300kva transformer, borehole with overhead tank and utility vehicle has been provided to the centre
9. Partnership agreement entered into with Turkish investors to revive the moribund Sokoto Furniture Company
10. Government had earlier paid N1.5 billion to AMCON to clear the company’s debt and retake possession
11. Establishment of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) through Sokoto Mining Company to facilitate the State Government’s participation in the mining sector.
12. Takeover of Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals’ Mineral Buying Centre in Sokoto State to ensure quality control, value addition, beneficiation and generation of IGR
13. Off-taker Agreement with Dangote Fertiliser to facilitate exploration and exploitation of phosphate in the State
14. Collaboration with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria (RMRDC)
15. Promoting the establishment of Kware Cement Factory at Kware under PPP arrangement with Brewtech of Germany and Saboo of India
16. Recruitment of 60 geoscientists and supporting staff for the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development to strengthening human capacity

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