In the area of education, Governor Bello Matawalle’s administration recognised the indispensable role of quality education in the development of a society. The administration noted that over the years, education, like many other critical sectors, has suffered neglect. In fact, there was no deliberate policy for the State to produce indigenous professionals like doctors and engineers, as no incentives or any form of support was being given to students.
As a demonstration of the government’s commitment to reversing the ugly trend, it sponsored 200 youths drawn from all the 14 local governments councils of the State to Sudan, Cyprus, India, and China to study paramedical and engineering courses. Already, 67 students are in Sudan, 21 in India, 20 in China and 92 in Cyprus. Most of the benefiting students come from a poor background, and their selection was purely based on merit.
The Government equally settled the allowances of Zamfara state students at the Nigerian Law School campuses. We have also offset a substantial part of the backlog of WAEC, NECO, and other examination bills inherited from the previous administration. We have equally settled the sum of N335,148,750 for the 2020 WAEC for all final year secondary school students of Zamfara State indigene.
Similarly, as part of the administration’s determination to reinvigorate primary education in the State, it released counterpart funds to UBE which made it possible for the State to draw matching grant of 5.5 billion naira as soon as the government came on board. As a result, we are able to undertake projects under the 2017/2018 intervention grant that include the construction of 900 classrooms across the State, renovation of 375 dilapidated classrooms, 20, 830 pupils desks and chairs, 962 tables and chairs for teachers, 19 cells VIP latrines, 134 toilets and eight standard ICT centres. This is in addition to the fencing of 14 schools across the 14 Local Government Areas of the State.
We have also undertaken the construction of 423 classrooms with offices, renovation of 148 classrooms, drilling of 19 boreholes with overhead tanks in various schools across the State, fencing of 20, construction of 57 cells VIP toilets. Similarly, 12,416 two-seater desks and chairs for pupils and 629 tables and desks for teachers were supplied.