Kano State Government says it has recruited over 10,000 teachers to fast-track the implementation of its Free Compulsory Education Programme.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje made this known on Monday in Kano at the National Consultative Workshop on the ECOWAS Post-2020 Vision.
Ganduje, who was represented by Musa Yahaya-Bichi, Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office), said that the measure was in line with the ECOWAS Vision, which aimed at achieving sustainable social and economic development in the sub-region.
He said that the teachers’ recruitment was particularly designed to improve the teacher-pupil ratio, enhance school enrolment and reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state.
The governor noted that the population of the out-of-school children in the state had dropped to less 400,000, as against the 1.3 million figure, prior to the introduction of the programme.
“This is expected to further shrink, in view of the popularity of the policy among the people,” he said.
Besides, Ganduje said that the state government had also inaugurated the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital and Sheikh Isiaku Rabiu Paediatrics Hospital.
He said that the hospitals were equipped with modern facilities so as to enhance the treatment of cancer and child diseases in the state.
He also said that the state government had concluded plans to establish 300-bed capacity hospitals in Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano to enhance healthcare service delivery at the grassroots.
On security, the governor said disclosed that an ICT-based Advanced Security Control Centre had been established at the Police Command Headquarters in Bompai’
He also said that an ultra-modern skills acquisition centre was set up to train youths and women in over 100 trades.
Ganduje stressed that his administration had executed several infrastructure development projects, among others, in line with the ECOWAS Vision in order to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of the citizens.
He urged the participants to make positive contributions that would enable the forum to achieve its set objectives.
Also speaking, Mr Joseph Oyi, Head of ECOWAS Unit, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the workshop was designed to articulate the stakeholders’ views on the impact of the ECOWAS Vision 2020.
Oyi added that it was also designed to stimulate discourse and gather the views of Nigerians with regard to the formulation of the ECOWAS Vision 2050.
“The aim is to have discussion with stakeholders on the ECOWAS Post-2020 Vision.
“The vision borders on a strategy or plan whereby the ECOWAS Commission is moving from the ECOWAS of States to ECOWAS of the People.
“This means that all activities of ECOWAS should be people-oriented, while promoting people inclusiveness in ECOWAS programmes such as education and democracy, among others.
“We are looking at how education in the region could be harmonised so that we don’t have disparity in education certificates. And in all the ECOWAS member states, an education certificate can be used without problems,” he added.