Free education: Kano Assembly approves N15bn loan

Free education: Kano Assembly approves N15bn loan


Free education: Kano Assembly approves N15bn loan 

By Usman Gwadabe 

 Kano State House of Assembly has approved for the state government to secure N15 billion loan from Guarantee Trust Bank to finance free and compulsory basic and secondary school education.

The loan is to be paid by the state’s 44 local government councils within 36 months. Announcing the approval shortly after a report to that effect by the chairman, Adhoc Committee on Free Education Loan, Speaker Abdulazeez Garba Gafasa, explained that education is very significant to the socio-economic wellbeing of the state’s next generation.

He added that to secure loan which is payable and to finance education is recommendable, pointing out that the 15 per cent interest on the loan from bank is the minimum among others and was the reason the government partners with the bank.

Earlier, presenting the report, Committee Chairman, Kabiru Hassan Dashi (Kiru) said the committee has scrutinised the loan letter and found that there is good intention in the project.

Hon. Dashi disclosed that the committee recommended that the House should assent to the loan facility.

The committee also recommended that the state Ministry of Local Government to ensure judicial use of the loan for that purpose as well as for the House Standing Committee on Education and that of Public Account to monitor its implementation.

The lawmaker pointed out that out of the money educational instruments would be provided, adding that the loan will enable the State to benefit from donor agencies’ grants. Hon. Lawan Husaini Chediyar ‘Yangurasa (Dala) who supported the motion, urged for judicial use of the fund and also opposed 15 per cent interest, advising for a review to three per cent.

Commenting on the report, Hon. Salisu Dan’azumi Muhammad (Gabasawa) said, education as backbone for development and with the state having highest number of students, securing the loan to facilitate the project is a good idea, noting that at the end, the project would be beneficial to all.

Another member representing Kunchi/ Tsanyawa, Hon. Garba Yau Gwarmai, said it is only with sound knowledge nations developed, noting that the loan is supposed to be financed by the state indigenes, however since they can not do that, there is no alternative than to secure the loan from the bank.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers have confirmed one Abdullahi Ado as Education Secretary, Rano Local Government Education Authority, shortly after Chairman, House Committee on SUBEB, Hon. Salisu Dan’azumi Muhammad presented a report on the matter.

It could be recalled that the House had earlier received a request from the state the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in a letter he sent to them which reads: “Honourable Speaker may wish to note that the State Government is in receipt of a communication from the State Ministry for Local Government intimating on the interest and readiness of the 44 Local Government Councils in the State to contribute the sum of N340, 909, 091 each, totaling N15billion for the Free and Compulsory Basic Education and Secondary Education Policy of the present administration.

Free education: Kano Assembly approves N15bn loan

“Mr. Speaker may also wish to note that the Local Government Councils have concluded arrangement to source loan facility from Guarantee Trust Bank mainly to key in and complement the State Government’s laudable policy thrust.

It is therefore, my singular honour to forward a copy of the request for the consideration of the Honourable House,” the Governor concluded. Shortly after reading the letter before the lawmakers at the Chamber, Speaker Abdulazeez Garba Gafasa referred it to the two committees for scrutiny and gave them two days to report back to the House.

The committee is chaired by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Kabiru Hassan Dashi. Meanwhile the House has received a report in respect of Kano State Persons With Disability (Amendment) Bill 2019.

The report jointly submitted by House Standing Committees on Judiciary and that of Youth and Sports was presented by Hon. Lawan Shehu Bichi.

Hon. Bichi said all the work they were supposed to do on the bill was done by the committees, urging the legislators to adopt it which they unanimously endorsed.

In a related development, the House has called on the State Government to complete the construction of the road from Gani to Sitti to Massu to Gamo and ends at Dabar Baga.

Hon. ZubairuHamzaMassu who moved the motion, said it was started since the second tenure of Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, noting that the road is in bad shape and needs to be completed.

Free education: Kano Assembly approves N15bn loan

Also, the lawmakers have advocated for the construction of a road from Tudun Kaya to Make to KwarinAla to KafinAwo to UnguwarZangi to Katoge in Karaye Local Government Area. The motion was tabled by Hon. Nasiru Abdullahi Dutsin Amare (Karaye).

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