Sokoto targets over N1bn education levy annually to resuscitate the sector – Tambuwal

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
AN annual collection of over N1 billion as levy education‎ to be deducted from salaries of civil and public servants in Sokoto state announced by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state is to be effective.

The Governor made the disclosure yesterday in Sokoto at the inauguration of a 27-man Education Revitalization and Strengthening

Committee being chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

Tambuwal said civil servants on Grade Levels 1 to 6, would
pay one per cent of their basic salaries while those on Grade Levels 7 to 12 would pay one and a half per cent and those on Grade levels 13 to 16, would pay two per cent‎ respectively.

He performed the inauguration during

the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Sokoto Education Development Trust Fund( SEDTF).

The governor said high powered committee was set up as part of measures to support the implementation of the state of emergency on education sector declared by the state government.

He explained further that” The committee is part of the proactive strategies by th state government to revive education from its state of coma.

”This action was premised on some disturbing statistics from development partners that the state still lags behind in education, especially girl child education.”

He stressed that the committee was charged with the responsibility of shoring up enrolment, retention and completion of pupils while explaining that the terms of reference of the committee
include the rehabilitation, expansion and construction of schools, with the collaboration of the schools’ based management committees in the state.

Accordingly, Tambuwal said the committee would work out
modalities for grassroots mobilization of parents to enroll their
children in both western and Islamic schools.

” It will also work to ensure improved quality of teaching and learning, as well as equity, irrespective of gender.

” The sultan is globally recognized as a committed leader and he has zero-tolerance for non compliance just like he led the successful war on the menace of polio,” the governor stated further.

Accepting the task, Sultan Abubakar commended Tambuwal for reposing tremendous confidence in the members of the committee with a promise to‎ work diligently in the discharge of its responsibility.

According to the reverred monarch” we will work assiduously in the discharge of this noble assignment, without fear or favour, and the absolute fear of God.

” The committee will recommend the sacking of all unqualified
teachers, as there many of them, with some of them always absent from their duty posts.

Also, chairman of the board of Trustees of the fund and second republic president Shehu Shagari lauded the state government, Sultanate Council
and some individuals for their sustained support to it.

However, Shagari, represented by Alhaji Idris Koko, the Madawakin Gwandu, pledged to sustain and complement the efforts of the state government to restore the lost glory of the state’s education sector.

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