By Abubakar Hassan

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Niger State Ministry of Education has flagged off the distribution of vehicles, mobile laboratory and other essential learning materials to secondary schools in the state.

Speaking during the event recently at the Maryam Babangida Girls Science College (MBGSC), Minna, the Wife of the Governor of Niger State, Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello said the present administration in the state was committed to reviving the education sector in the state.

She observed that the event was show of the commitment that government has for the education sector in the state. She commended the state government and the ministry of education in particular for the giant stride.

Dr. Amina Sani Bello also stated that even in the face of limited resources available to the state government, it had expended significant amount of money in the education sector of the state, saying that about N3.2 billion expended in the renovation of schools through the Whole Schools Approach Initiative was worthy of commendation and hoped for more fund so that other schools could benefit from the gesture.

She further observed that a lot has been said about the Whole School Approach Initiative but nothing was said of the work going on at the primary schools’ level, adding that she was reliably informed that about 700 primary schools were given a facelift under the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and it is worthy of mentioning.

“The primary schools being the basic should be given adequate recognition because a lot of them are lacking infrastructure, basic learning equipments among other challenges. If the challenges are taken step by step there would be significant improvement”, the wife of the governor observed.

Dr. Amina Bello who expressed optimism that the items will be beneficial to the society as it will impact positively on education, she also added that it was a wonderful way of giving back to the education sector what was generated from it and commended the management and staff of the state education ministry for achieving this feat.

She also called on MDAs to be more proactive, prudent and transparent in managing their budgetary allocations as exemplified by the ministry of education, urging the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items provided them and to take good care of them.

Earlier in her remarks, the Niger State Commissioner  for Education, Hajiya Fatima N. Madugu said the  event was to celebrate another milestone and strides of the present administration in according the education sector topmost priority, adding that apart from the N3.2 billion expended in the renovation and upgrading of nine schools under whole school approach, there were also provision of chemicals and reagent worth over N138 million and assorted texts books valued at about N84 million which were already delivered to the renovated schools.

She also stated that the ministry was providing 16,000 Biros, 3,000 cartons of chalks, 18,000 register/diaries, 296 white boards and five vehicles which four among them will be given to MBGSC Minna, GGSC Bida, GGSC (Unity) Kontagora and GSS Tegina.

The Commissioner also added that the items were procured from the ministry’s savings and internally generated revenue, saying the gesture was a mark of appreciation of the ministry to what the present administration had been doing for the education sector and that with more fund they intend to do more.

She also urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the items to the benefit of the children and that they should handle them properly and their maintenance should be taken with all seriousness, saying “if you take care of the little God has given you, He will give you the biggest you never thought of.”

In his vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mal. Yahaya Garba said the event was a milestone in the annals of history in the education sector in the state, and appreciated all those who made it possible for the event to take place.

There were goodwill messages from other stakeholders and invited guest where they all commended the ministry for the feat it had achieved so far in the sector. The highlights of the event were the  flagged off of the distribution of the items by the Wife of the Governor, and a short dance drama by the state cultural troupe, Gwape International.

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