Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has thrown more light on his decision to construct 5, 000 houses for teachers spread across the 44 councils of the state.
Ganduje, who spoke shortly after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with officials of family homes scheme in Abuja on Thursday, said that the initiative was aimed at restoring dignity to the teaching profession .
The governor explained that the decision to shift the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years, increase their age of service from 35 years to 40 years was also geared towards achieving the objective .
The governor further stated that the state government has also expended N9 billion for counterpart fund of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) projects between 2015 to date, adding that he has ensured adequate budgetary provision to the education sector in line with the dictate of the United Nation, among other laudable programmes.
The governor said the presence of key Kano stakeholders, including members of the national assembly, members of his executive council and the Kano emirate council at the event was indicative that the housing scheme for teachers would not be an abandoned project.
Also speaking, former Kano State governor and Senator representing Kano central, Ibrahim Shakarau applauded the initiative, adding that it was in line with the need to motivate teachers to groom responsible and productive citizens in kano state.
“Only when you have happy and committed teachers that we will produce responsible children. No nation can grow without quality teachers. To have plans for teachers to retire into a decent home is also Godly. Only God knows the reward your will get by investing into the lives of teachers. Only a Godly man will invest in education because many of those who invested in education will not leave to see the result, ” Shekarau said.
On his part, Kano state commissioner for education, Mohammed Kiru, while commending the governor said “in all the state of the Federation, there is no governor that is investing in education like governor of Kano state. We are so happy that you are making our teachers comfortable and we believe that we will see more under your administration.”
In his presentation, the Managing Director of Family Homes, Femi Adewole, assured that the homes would be delivered to teachers in the state.before the end of the year.
The Kano state chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Ahmed Ambali, thanked the state.governor over the gesture, even as he called other states to embark on similar projects.