- To use big stick on communities that resists development
Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has said he will use the big stick on communities that resists the developmental stride of the led All Progressives Congress.
Al-Makura stated that the state Government will ensure the payment of compensation to any community when Government is acquiring land for developmental purposes, the Governor promised to goes tough with any communities for selfish aim resisted the acquisition of plots of land.
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura hinted this during the commissioning of Government Model Junior Girl Secondary School, Kwandare, considering the gap in the girl-child education vis-à-vis their male counterparts especially in the Northern part of the country, Government, in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Board, came up with this project aimed at giving the education of the girl-child a special impetus.
The Governor described the education of girl- child as crucial in nation building, considering the important position of women in the society, Saying the state in its determination to pursue education with vigour his administration considered the involvement of all stakeholders in the education of girl-child. He said Government has approved the establishment of School Management Committees for every primary and secondary school in the State.
“Each of these committees will comprise traditional institutions, communities and religious leaders, Parents Teachers Associations, youth, women, as well as other stakeholders in the communities. Some of the roles expected to be played by the committees include, to guide, advise and assist the managements of the schools to ascertain school enrolment, attendance, welfare of teachers, discipline of students, security of the schools and other ancillary roles; “He added
Governor Al-Makura affirmed that incumbent regime under his headship has embarked on aggressive renovation of the dilapidated structures in public primary and secondary schools across the State. He further asserted that the state Government has procured furniture and instructional materials as well embarked on the training and retraining of teachers to enable give their best to the society. Al-Makura attested that he embarked on a deliberate rapid construction, rehabilitation and provision of infrastructural facilities in schools across the State.
Al-Makura opined that Government will continue to evolve policies and programmes that will elevate the educational enrolment of children, especially the girl-child, the physically challenged and indigent children in society.Saying is in line with all-inclusive education policy which we have enunciated for the educational development of the State.
“Our resolve was informed by the glaring decay in our public schools with attendant consequences on the education of our children”. Stating that with the state- of-the-art equipment aimed at providing conducive environment for teaching and learning. This singular Government effort was made possible through the payment of the backlog of the counterpart contribution which facilitated access to the funding of the Universal Basic Education scheme”.
He said Junior Girls Secondary Schools are being constructed in three strategic locations in the State. Apart from the commissioning today, He however maintained that construction of a similar school has been completed in Udege, Nasarawa Local Government Area and will soon be commissioned. Al-Makura buttressed that another such edifice is being constructed in Panda, Karu Local Government Area of the State and will be completed and commissioned for the benefit of our children.
The Governor commended the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) for this collaborative effort. I assure you of our continued partnership in the State for the education of our children.