The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has declared a state of emergency in the state’s education sector with immediate effect.
El-Rufai who made this known on Thursday in Kaduna, while delivering a speech on the occasion of Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary, said there was need to free the people by making quality education accessible to them.
According to the governor, education is freedom from want and the provision of free basic education in decent schools, with skilled teachers.
He said that one of the priorities of his administration will be to accomplish its education goal in its four-year term, having spent the past few months planning school repairs, the provision of school furniture and training of teachers.
“Today, we move to declare a state of emergency in education. We ask for your support as we begin to implement extraordinary measures in the education sector.
“Tomorrow, by God’s Grace, the commissioner for education, science and technology will announce the measures that will be taken to ensure that our schools’ infrastructure, tools and teacher quality are improved significantly within the next six weeks.
“We are determined that one legacy of the rebirth of our country will be the restoration of education as a tool to free our people from the fetters of ignorance,” he said.
The Governor solicited the cooperation of the people of the state by being law-abiding to enable the government to achieve its goals of delivering the dividends of democracy to them.