AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
The Borno State government has allocated the sun of over N23 billion in its efforts to address the root cause of Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
Governor Babagaba Umara Zulum, who disclosed this while presenting the 2020 Budget proposal to the State House of Assembly at the Assembly Complex, Maiduguri recently said education got the lion share of the 2020 budgets with the allocation of over N23 billion amounting to the 20 per cent of the total budget.
“This administration gives high premium to Education because genuine social transformation and economic development will not take place without Education .For us to find solutions to the root cause of insurgency, we must revamp the education sector to cater for the teaming population, the school dropouts and out of school children. We must improve on the school infrastructures, ensure accessibility to quality education and build caoaciity of our teachers. Teaching and learning environment must not only he conducive but teaching staff must be well motivated to work”, the Governor said.
He said, “We made frantic efforts to construct more schools from my assumption of office and also continue with the total rehabilitation and renovation of school infrastructures that was started by the previous administration. We have carried out major rehabilitation works in 20 primary and post primary schools through the state and constructed three new Mega schools”.
The government further explained that “in the coming financial year, we will construct new mega schools in Wuyo and Chibok and Technical schools in Mbalala and Bulabulin (Maiduguri). We will also construct new High Islamic Schools in Dikwa. Monguno, and Biu local government areas.
“Therefore, for the 2020 fiscal year the ministry of Education is allocated the sum of N6,942,414,000 for both current and capital expenditure. In the year 2020 we shall ensure rehabilitation and reopening of secondary schools in Monguno, Damasak, Gajiram, Gubio, Dikwa, Ngala, Konduga, Bama and Gwoza,” Prof. Zulum said
According to him, the government has proposed the sum N2.2 billion. N4,, 767,000 billion and N9, 139,52500 billion for the Universal Basic Education, Teachers Service Board and Higher Education respectively for the construction and rehabilitation of classrooms access the 27 councils of the state , training and retraining of Teachers, construct of State University Teaching Hospital among others.
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