Badaru, Lamido and Ji­gawa ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The re­cent sta­tis­tics of 2017 WAEC shows Ji­gawa sec­ond to the last among the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion. So, what is re­ally hap­pen­ing? What are the prob­lems that led Ji­gawa to ex­pe­ri­ence this ig­no­min­ious po­si­tion? Now the peo­ple of Ji­gawa are be­moan­ing rather hur­riedly, that our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem has de­te­ri­o­rated in re­cent times (2015 to date). Dur­ing the ten­ure of Sule Lamido, he pri­or­i­tized ed­u­ca­tion and also al­lo­cated a lot of amount in his bud­get ev­ery year to ed­u­ca­tion, in­creas­ing it by 200% from what he in­her­ited in 2007. Ji­gawa was a state driven by knowl­edge.

When Lamido got into of­fice in 2007, he in­her­ited a to­tal of 18,000 pri­mary school teach­ers and out of these; only 6,000 were qual­i­fied, mean­ing 12,000 oth­ers were not qual­i­fied. He had to ne­go­ti­ate with Na­tional Teach­ers In­sti­tutes (NTI) Kaduna to train those that can be trained. Lamido em­ployed an­other 1,653 Se­niour School teach­ers, 1,554 teach­ers for JSS and 6,544 teach­ers for pri­mary schools. What a dili­gent, com­mit­ted and pas­sion leader!

In his first ten­ure, new schools were built and some were ren­o­vated; 7,599 class­rooms for pri­mary and ju­nior sec­ondary schools were con­structed across the state and 1,212 were ren­o­vated, and the govern­ment pur­chased 62,981 class­room fur­ni­tures. Out of the 779 di­lap­i­dated schools he in­her­ited in 2007, Lamido ren­o­vated and re­stored 648 to full stan­dard staffed and are well equipped with func­tional li­braries and lab­o­ra­to­ries to WAEC stan­dard. He also es­tab­lished 211 pri­mary schools, 95 new ju­nior sec­ondary schools, 48 SSS, as well as 216 no­madic schools across the state. Lamido in­creased the num­ber of ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions from 5 to 10 as he in­her­ited in 2007. Class­rooms have mod­ern in­struc­tional tech­nolo­gies.

There was in­crease of se­nior sec­ondary school en­rol­ment about 42,873, JSS 39,037 and 178, 719 for pri­mary school. The phys­i­cally chal­lenged per­sons were not left out, 1,291 were regis­tered for se­nior school. Also, 2,002 en­rolled for JSS and 1,074 for pri­mary school. In 2013 a to­tal of 26,564 school uni­forms were dis­trib­uted to se­nior sec­ondary stu­dents. Also, there was up­ward re­view of school feed­ing from N30 in 2007 to N90 in 2012 per day and per stu­dent. But this amount was re­duced by this present ad­min­is­tra­tion. Lamido in­tro­duced poli­cies which help in pro­mot­ing the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor, like the free ed­u­ca­tion for Gir­lChild, the phys­i­cally chal­lenge per­sons and the es­tab­lish­ment of school of gifted and tal­ented which was sit­u­ated at Ba­maina. Lamido ini­ti­ated and im­ple­mented a schol­ar­ship scheme for the best 100 stu­dents in the sciences ev­ery year to over­seas uni­ver­si­ties. Which just last week many stu­dents re­turned home, Ji­gawa who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted their stud­ies from Arab Academy for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Mar­itime Trans­port, Alexan­dria, Egypt.

Lamido also es­tab­lished Ji­gawa State Uni­ver­sity at Kafin-Hausa in or­der to af­ford state in­di­genes more ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties. But one thrilling and fright­en­ing is­sue is, this present ad­min­is­tra­tion pays lit­tle at­ten­tion to the com­ple­tion of the uni­ver­sity.

Lamido had set the pace for Muham­mad Badaru ad­min­is­tra­tion and many to come to em­u­late in ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor. We hope and pray gov­er­nor Badaru will make some pos­i­tive steps to res­cue it as his pre­de­ces­sor, Lamido did. Adamu Muhammed Kafin-Hausa, Ji­gawa State. Us­man,

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