The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has distributed the sum of N880, 942, 432.38 million for the renovation of primary schools in each of the 44 Local Government areas of the state.
Each Local Government Council would be given N20 million through community Promotion Committee (CPC) to execute the renovation project.
Speaking during the presentation of the cheques, held at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium in Kano on Sunday, governor Ganduje said his administration has accorded utmost priority to education as a bedrock to societal development.
According to Ganduje, his administration had provided a blueprint for financing education, some of which is the allocation of 26% of the annual budget of the state to education.
He added that his administration had made sure that 5% of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is spent on education, adding that 5 per cent of the statutory allocation of the Local Governments also goes to education financing, under the Education Trust Fund.
Ganduje also revealed that 2 per cent of each contract awarded in the state is expended to education with a view to improving its quality, aimed at moving the state forward.
“After we introduced free and compulsory education policy from primary to junior secondary, we made sure that we build the policy on four aspects.
” The aspects are Political will, education financing, strong institutions and community participation. On institution, we made sure that we upgraded the Ministry of Education with 7 or 9 parastatals.
“We also made sure that we encouraged community participation. We are now presenting these cheques to all of the 44 Local Government Chairmen. The money would go to CPC for the execution of the projects,” said Ganduje.
While charging the chairmen of the CPC to utilise the funds judiciously, Ganduje also directed them to finish the project within three weeks period.
In his remarks earlier, the chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Danlami Hayyo said the gesture would improve the quality of primary education in the state.
According to him, education requires high capital expenditure, commending Ganduje for his resolve to adequately finance education in the state.
Hayyo revealed that the administration of Governor Ganduje has so far constructed 407 classrooms and renovated over 700 classes.
He added that the government had built 460 toilets in various schools across the state, adding that over 200 boreholes had been constructed in the schools.
“Your Excellency, your government has spent over N3. 4 billion on renovation and rehabilitation of schools, classrooms and provisions of furniture I’m schools. This is in addition to engaging 8,000 volunteer teachers and spending over N200 million for procurement of instructional materials to our schools,” he recalled.