Sokoto Government to convene national conference on girl-child education

Sokoto State Government said it will convene a national stakeholders’ conference on girl-child education in early 2017.

The conference, to be organized with the collaboration of UNICEF and the Sultan Foundation, will have presentations from experts from across the globe on how to address the issue of falling standard of education, especially female education in Sokoto in particular, and the nation as a whole.

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to grace the event.

A statement issued Monday in Sokoto by Tambuwal’s spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said at the end of the two-day conference, practical guides will be outlined on how best to turn around the fortune of the education sector, and how best to address disparity issues of girl-child education.

“We appreciate the need to have all hands on deck as we proffer solution to challenges confronting the education sector in our state.

“This necessitated the need to organise a national conference on girl-child education to bring together experts from home and abroad, and development partners, to discuss and agree on the best approach to revamping the sector,” the statement added.

It said resolution from the conference will provide updated guideline for achieving set targets for female education in Nigeria.

It added that Sokoto State Government is giving female education the necessary attention it deserves.

“Few days ago, we announced the establishment of the Agency for Girl-Child Education which is expected to coordinate all issues related to female education from basic to tertiary levels in our state.

“We are working to ensure that officials of the new agency interface closely with local and international stakeholders to properly monitor progress of our girls in schools and what needs to be done to boost enrollment, retention and completion of all girls in schools in Sokoto State.”

Sokoto State Government establishes agency for girl-child education

As part of renewed efforts to enhance access to education among females in Sokoto, the state government has announced the establishment of an agency for girl-child education.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal made this known during a meeting with officials from the Nigeria Office of UNICEF and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

“The new agency will coordinate all issues related to female education from basic level to tertiary level. Officials of the agency will also interface with local and international stakeholders to properly monitor progress of our girls in schools and what needs to be done to boost enrolment, retention and completion of all girls in schools in Sokoto State.

“Importantly, the agency, in close collaboration with other agencies and government departments, will supervise and implement targeted policies aimed at assisting our female students to achieve their potentials,” the governor was quoted as saying via a statement issued Tuesday  by his spokesman, Imam Imam, in Sokoto.

According to him, huge investment has been made to ensure turn around in the fortunes of education in Sokoto.

The governor therefore appealed to development partners, especially the DFID, to expand their areas of intervention in the state.

On the school feeding programme which the government plans to introduce, Tambuwal said consultations are still ongoing, with a view to ensure that once introduced, it will be self-sustaining.

“We are currently studying the challenges faced by other states, notably Kano and Kaduna, when they introduced the school feeding in public schools. We are working with all our partners to introduce home-grown strategy in its implementation.

“As soon as it takes off, we plan to ensure it is sustained,” he added.

In her remarks, DFID’s Education Adviser, Laura Brannelly, commended Tambuwal for declaring state of emergency in education, saying so far, there’s a coordinated effort to tackle challenges in the sector in the state.

She equally urged the governor to expedite action on the proposed National Summit on Female Education which Sokoto government plans to organise early next year.

Others in the team were Roisin Whille, Teija Vallendigham and UNICEF’s Azuka Menkiti.

Tambuwal Promises Not To Sack Teachers

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, has promised that his administration will not sack any teacher from the state civil service.


“But we will not fail to reassign any teacher that does not have the requisite qualifications to be in the classroom,” Tambuwal said on Monday in Dogon-Daji, Tambuwal Local Government Area.


The governor made the promise in his address at the annual national congress of the old Boys’ association of his Alma-mater, Government Secondary School, Dogon Daji.


He said: “Beginning from the next budget, government will ensure continuous training and retraining of teachers to update their knowledge and make them conform to modern teaching techniques.

“Huge sums of money have been budgeted for that purpose.


Let me announce it here that we do not plan to retrench any teacher working with the state government. In fact we need qualified teachers to address shortfall in numbers.


What we will not condone in our schools are unqualified teachers who have nothing to offer our children.


If after giving you the necessary training, we discovered that you do not have the capacity or enthusiasm to teach, we will reassign you to where your expertise if most needed.”


While commending the executive of the association for its diligence in the face of mounting challenges, Tambuwal solicited its support in government’s efforts to take Sokoto state to greater heights.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the end of the congress, Alhaji Nasiru Idris was elected national President of the association while Abdullahi Muhammed was elected Secretary.

Sokoto State Govt To Sustain Non-Discriminatory Fees In Schools – Tambuwal

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Sunday pledged to sustain the non-discriminatory policy on payment of school fees introduced by his predecessor, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko.


Tambuwal said this in Sokoto when he hosted the Primate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, who led members of the church on a Christmas courtesy visit.


He said: “As part of measures to boost communal harmony, my administration will sustain the policy of non-discriminatory fees paid by all students in public schools started by the last administration.”


The equally invited all Nigerians willing to contribute to the development of education to come to the state and exhibit their talents.


He enjoined Christians to also sustain the centuries old peaceful and harmonious co-existence with their neighbours in the state.


Okoh had earlier said that Nigeria can learn a lot from Sokoto’s peaceful disposition for rapid development of the country.


He said: “Even though there a one or two issues with conflicts in Sokoto in the past, that has not affected the overall peaceful disposition of the state.”


The cleric commended the Sokoto Government for its efforts in promoting harmony among diverse religious and ethnic groups in the state.


While urging all Nigerians to take the issue of protection of environment seriously, Okoh said the dangers posed by desertification is real and should be accorded the attention it deserves.




PDP tells Tambuwal to Resign

The Nation’s Leadership to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, are advising Aminu Tambuwal to resign as speaker since he has defected from being a member of the ruling party to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Responding to Tambuwal’s defection, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement said  “The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has met with PDP leaders in the House of Representatives concerning the defection of the Speaker. After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Honourable Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority. We are not unmindful of the fact that Honourable Tambuwal became Speaker on the platform of the PDP as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and that this incontrovertible fact has not changed.”


Tambuwal Decamps to APC…

Aminu Tambuwal  is expected this morning to  decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC, which will provide him the necessary party qualification to contest for the governorship ticket in Sokoto on the platform of the APC, which itself, is to amend its constitution tomorrow to allow Tambuwal and others who wish to do same.

Tambuwal, who is expected to make his first public appearance at an APC gathering at tomorrow’s national convention, would remain in office till next June.

Associates of the speaker, who revealed this information said, “He is going to announce it in plenary and he will not resign as speaker and he will not resign as member.”

Another source said, “Every politics is local and the direction of Sokoto is towards the APC and because he is representing some people in Abuja, he has to move along with the dictates of the people and it cannot be said that the people in his constituency are in a particular party and he is in another party.”