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The Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has listened to a statement in which the PDP administration in the state claimed to have spent the sum of N19 in the construction and renovation of classrooms in the past five years.

From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto

 

N19bn classroom projects: APC dispels Tambuwal’s claim 

 

The Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has listened to a statement in which the PDP administration in the state claimed to have spent the sum of N19 in the construction and renovation of classrooms in the past five years.

It could be recalled that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal disclosed that his administration spent N19 billion on the construction and renovation of 948 classrooms in several schools across the state from 2015 to date.

Tambuwal explained that a breakdown of these shows that while 388 new classrooms were built, 460 others were renovated within the period.

A statement signed by the party chairman in the state, Alhaji Isa Sadiq Acida said: “How we wish this was true! Our state would have been the better for it.”

“What gladdened our hearts is the implied admission that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, has been heavily funding education in the state and that all the so-called projects would not have been possible without the magnanimity and impartiality of the Buhari administration.

“The make belief story would have achieved some semblance of credibility, if it had been backed by locations of the dream projects,” Acida stated.

The party strongly advised the governor to be more cost conscious.

“What we and other men with discerning minds have observed is that what is on ground is a far cry from what the government is ready to admit.

“A greater percentage of our children still receive lessons on the bare floor, due to lack of assorted furniture, while teachers in the state have been relegated to the bottom of the salary payment calendar; with payments always extending into the second week of the following month.

“We therefore advise the governor to ensure that the people of Sokoto State receive value for their money and that output matches input.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) wishes to also draw the attention of the governor to the persistent politicisation of the education sector.

“Teaching and nonteaching staff in the education sector, are still being moved from their places of assignment, more for punitive reasons, than for the betterment of the service,” it added.

However Governor Aminu Waziri of Sokoto state disclosed this  when he flagged off the 2018 marching grant projects and distribution of intent letters to successful contractors held at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) headquarters in the state capital.

According to him, the structures erected with the amount were offices and stores also spread across the state in different schools.

Tambuwal stated that these are in addition to 23 school gardens and 23 boreholes that were constructed while five schools were fenced and three more rehabilitated to secure both pupils and property.

According to the governor, the amount does not reflect the counterpart fund by the Federal Government’s Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), which stands at about N7.2 billion, in addition to the intervention funds provided through the state ministry for local government affairs, totaling N6 billion.

The governor revealed that the amount expended by the state government includes the N2 billion provided for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to sponsor the construction of more classrooms without any marching grant from the federal government.

Governor Tambuwal added that his administration having taken cognizance of the large population of students that require basic education, decided to dedicate 26 per cent of its budget to classrooms construction.

This, he explained, has resulted in the provision of more structures, procurement of large consignment of teaching and learning materials, employment of more qualitative teachers as well as capacity development.

The governor cautioned contractors against substandard jobs, saying that government would not accept such, as he directed SUBEB to ensure strict compliance to contract specifications.

In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’adu Muhammad, who was represented by  Sarkin Yakin Binji, Kabiru Usman, lauded the state government polices and programme on education.

He assured the government of the Sultanate Council’s continued support and cooperation in the execution of all its programmes for the development of the state.

In his remarks, the SUBEB chairman, Hon. Shu’aibu Gwanda Gobir, said the state government has procured and distributed  assorted instructional materials to the tune of N71 million for basic education schools.

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