Katsina needs N45b to fix pri­mary, sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

About N45 bil­lion is needed by Katsina State to fix ed­u­ca­tion at pri­mary and sec­ondary lev­els, Gover­nor Aminu Masari said.

Speak­ing at a lun­cheon or­gan­ised for the emir of Daura, Masari said with the dwin­dling re­sources, col­lec­tive sac­ri­fice is needed by peo­ple of the state to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.

He said fix­ing pri­mary schools will gulp N 23 bil­lion while sec­ondary schools need N22 bil­lion.

‘‘The state had op­por­tu­nity to boost ed­u­ca­tion but due to mis­placed pri­or­i­ties, noth­ing was done’’, he said.

He added, ‘‘and this is just in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, oth­ers like health also need such fund­ing’’.

The gover­nor lamented that af­ter pay­ing salaries, what is left is about N500 mil­lion, which is grossly in­ad­e­quate to meet huge de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions.

‘‘We have started mak­ing ef­forts; our com­mit­tees have evolved strate­gies. We will start by se­lect­ing 12 pri­mary schools in each zone for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,’’ he said.

In his re­marks, the Emir of Daura, Umar Faruk said his visit was to re­it­er­ate the emi­rate’s sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion to­wards mov­ing the state for­ward.

He called for prayers for the new ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­able it de­liver on its cam­paign prom­ises.

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