By Musa Gada, Sokoto
In a very ambitious move, Sokoto State Government has perfected plans to enroll no fewer than 1.2 million pupils in public primary schools across the 23 local governments of the state in the next nine months.
The state Governor, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal made the disclosure in Sokoto on Saturday at the maiden edition of Youths Education and Empowerment summit organised by an NGO, â€œArewa Transformation Initiativesâ€.
Addressing the gathering, Tambuwal stated that â€œOur target for the year is about 1.4 million pupils, but we have now targeted 1.2 million to see how far we can go from now to October, this year.â€
He added that â€œIt is by then that we can be able to assess whether we have been able to achieve this laudable target.
â€œWe have taken this bold step because of our displeasure with the enrollment of a paltry 480,000 pupils in primary schools in 2015,â€ the governor said through the Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Jabbi Kilgori.
According to Tambuwal his administration has allocated the lion share of the stateâ€™s 2016 budget amounting to over N 34 billion to education.
This, the governor explained was with the view to reversing the obnoxious trend in the state where the education sector was lagging behind.
The governor further said that his administration was fully committed to sustaining its huge investments in youths.
â€œThe youths would be provided with quality and quantitative education at all levels and poverty will not hinder the youths from acquiring all forms of education and to any desired levels.
â€œEducation, including Science and Technology will continue to be prioritised, while the empowerment of the youths, women and children will not be toyed with.
â€œWe will do everything humanly possible to enable the youths realise their full potentials to enable them contribute to the development of the state and the country in general,â€ Tambuwal said.Â