Basic education remains my top priority – Gov. Inuwa Yahaya


Since coming into office about two years ago, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe had made it categorically clear that the

situation in the education sector in the State, particularly at the basic level, was unacceptable and that his administration would do everything necessary to fix the rot inherent in the  sector, which was ravaged by inadequate infrastructure, a  large number of  out-of-school children, the absence of instructional materials and basic facilities, as well as a teaching workforce that is poorly trained and ill-motivated.

In  appreciating the  severity of these challenges, the Gombe State government, under the  leadership of Governor Yahaya, declared a state of emergency  in education as a deliberate and conscious policy of channelling the government’s energy and resources towards repositioning the sector for better, effective and efficient teaching and learning.

The  declaration of  a  state  of emergency in education in Gombe State saw a sudden departure from the prism of a narrow window dressing to  a  broad  and  holistic approach  towards  addressing the numerous challenges confronting the  sector, especially at  the  basic is gradually and steadily changing for the better and to the benefit of the younger generation. Aside from the massive construction, renovation and remodeling of  schools and staff quarters, the Gombe State government has also established a state-of-the-art Teachers  Resource Centre (TRC) in Kwami, the first of its kind in the North-East sub-region, for the training and retraining of teachers.

Perhaps to further demonstrate the genuine and undying passion of the governor towards repositioning basic  education  for  effective service delivery, the  Gombe State government, through  the  UBEC. His administration intends to spend the sum of three hundred and thirty three million naira (N333,000,000) in the construction of the said 110 standard school libraries. He  also used  the  opportunity to  flag  off the distribution of  motorcycles, instructional materials and  sports facilities to public schools.

Speaking further at the occassion, Governor Yahaya said that his administration inherited huge challenges in the education sector, with Gombe ranking 34th out of 36 states of the federation in external examinations. This, he  explained, prompted his  administration to immediately  declare   a   state   of level,  which is  perhaps the  most critical stage in human development. Today,  and  almost  two  years into the administration of Governor Yahaya, the situation in the education sector, particularly at the basic level, SUBEB intervention project, commissioned a  brand new conventional and  e-library at  the Jekadafari Primary School in  the State capital. The Gombe government has also committed itself to building 110  standard libraries in  schools across the State.

At the commissioning  ceremony recently held, the governor said that emergency in the sector in order to salvage it from total collapse. He      explained     that,      “the establishment of   primary  school.

The library is yet another bold step in the right direction towards addressing the challenges inherent in basic education. The importance of  a library as a foundation for pupils/ students’ self-motivation  cannot be over-emphasised as  it  will  greatly enhance learning in schools across the State”.

“To this end and considering the importance of a library as the fastest growing means  for  inducing self- motivation in  learning, the  State Ministry of Education,  through the State Universal Basic Education Board,    SUBEB,    will    undertake the  construction of  110  standard libraries across the State at the total cost of three hundred and thirty three million naira (N333,000,000) in the first phase”, the governor declared.

To  underscore the  seriousness with which he views the library project, the governor directed Education Secretaries and head teachers in the State to include a library period of at least 80 minutes per week on their school time tables to enable students and pupils read on their own, under the guidance of a trained librarian.

On the provision of other materials, Governor Yahaya said, “Government has  also noted with delight  the   prompt  procurement of  31  additional motorcycles in order to  enhance monitoring of schools by quality assurance officers in all the eleven local government areas.    Similarly,    the    provision of  instructional materials and sports  equipment worth  over  85 million naira to  schools is  highly commendable”.

Elated by the gesture, the Commissioner  of Education in the State,  Dauda Batari  Zambuk said Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s interventionist  policy and commitment to the education sector is  beyond imagination, describing his disposition as one that will yield positive fruits and be remembered for many years to come.

The Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hon. Babaji Babadidi, also followed suit, saying that as part of measures to improve the education sector in the State, the administration of  Governor  Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has carried out sweeping reforms in the State, especially at the basic level.

He said the commissioning of the e-Library is yet another bold step by the  Inuwa  Yahaya  administration towards injecting new techniques that will guarantee the desired quality in education, following the declaration of a State of emergency in the sector.

As a matter of fact, the political will so far displayed by the administration of  Governor  Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in  repositioning the education sector is one that will not only improve the quality of teaching and learning in schools across the State, but also go into the annals of history to buttress the fact that one Chief Executive has come, seen and conquered the myriad of challenges bedeviling the education sector in Gombe State.

Yakubu Bayambe wrote from Tumfure, Gombe State.

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