The State Deputy Governor Mr. Charles Yau Iliya has explained that the priority attention given to education sector in the state was in recognition of its capacity to turn around other sectors of the economy for the benefit of all.
Mr Charles Yau said this when he received officials of Universal Basic Education Commission in his office, he said the administration would stop at nothing to achieve its goal of providing quality education to the citizens in the state.
He noted that with the way Federal Government is showing concern on education and with a proper synergy between the two arms of government there shall be a remarkable result in bringing to the barest minimum level of illiteracy that bedevils the country especially the North East geopolitical zone.
Charles further explained that even though a lot has been done in mobilizing the youths out of the streets to give them education but much needed to be done especially in the area of Almajiri schools for the overall benefit of the society.
He expressed the commitment of Gombe State Government in turning around the fortunes imbedded in education for the development of the country.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Alh. Ali Goji Grema who is also the Chairman Monitoring Committee, Almajiri schools informed the Deputy Governor that the committee was set up to implement the Federal Government’s Policy on Almajiri schools across the country, especially in the North.
He said an estimate of about 13 million children were purported to be out of school, a rate which he said is quite alarming and needed to be addressed.
Mr Grema further explained that about 5 billion was committed to the programme, whereas 152 sangaya schools were established in the country with ten in Gombe state, adding that the Federal Government’s effort is a model programme which is expected to be replicated by Governors for the success of the programme.
In his remarks, the Permanent Commissioner (one) of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Alh. Habu Shinga said the team were from Universal Basic Education Commission Abuja to monitor and sensitize the government and the public on Almajiri schools.