Katsina State: education
For a state that has produced two presidents – incumbent Muhammadu Buhari and the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua – Katsina is in the political spotlight, often for the wrong reasons. Former governor Ibrahim Shema is fighting charges of misappropriating public funds and there is concern about poor educational standards. As in Kaduna, the state authorities have found that thousands of teachers lack the requisite training. Katsina government has now launched a major recruitment drive. It recently allocated a meagre N400m ($1.1m) for vocational training programmes in all 34 local government areas. The state has weak infrastructure and an under-five mortality rate of 102 children per 1,000 births. It wants to encourage wind and solar projects to improve access to electricity.