• The Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu, has stated that his administration will declare a state of emergency in the education sector to improve teaching and learning in the state.

    Gov. Bagudu, who made the statement while addressing members of Kebbi Development Forum (KDF), an NGO in Benin Kebbi on Sunday, said the policy is as a result of the low number of Kebbi children competing for places in Federal Government colleges.

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    He said education is the bedrock of development hence the resolve of his administration to rejuvenate the sector.

    Out of the 78,378 pupils that participated in the recent 2017 National Common Entrance Examination, to book places in unity colleges, Kebbi had the least number of candidates. It had 63, a sharp contrast with Lagos which had 24,816 candidates.

    Bagudu,who decried the low standard of education in the state, said his administration would work with stakeholders to transform the sector.

    He said he would constitute a stakeholders “consensus committee’’ on education stressing that his administration would recruit more teachers, provide equipment to schools and improve teachers’ welfare.

    The chairman board of trustees of the forum, Alhaji Bala Sakaba said the forum was a non-partisan organisation formed to foster unity,generate ideals ,and programmes for acceleration socio-economic development.

    He said the forum is involved in sensitisation and mobilisation of traditional rulers,religious leaders and the elite to act as agents of changes towards value reorientation. (NAN)


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