Sokoto, Army team up to establish new schools

  • As Gov Tambuwal raises feeding allowance for boarding students

The Sokoto State Government and the Nigerian Army have concluded arrangements to establish two new schools in Sokoto town and Shagari Local Government Area of the state.
While one of the schools, a primary, will have boarding facilities that will cater for children aged five to 12 years, the other, a secondary school, will be for day students and will be sited at the Giginya Barracks, Sokoto.
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Jabbi Kilgore, in a statement in Sokoto on Sunday said that the partnership with the military authorities would expand access to education for military personnel and their families, while at the same time giving opportunity to citizens in local communities to tap from the military’s expertise in school management.
“The partnership provides that the state government will provide land and requisite infrastructure while the Nigerian Army will provide personnel and teaching facilities.
“This is a beginning of a relationship, which we hope to expand in the future. Both sides are happy with preparations for the take-off of the schools. We are confident it will benefit our citizens,” Kilgore’s statement added.
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has approved the upward review of the feeding allowance for boarding school students in the state.
“Due to current inflation in prices of food stuff in the market, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has approved increase in feeding allowance of boarding students in public schools from N70 to N140 per student per day,” Kilgore said in another statement issued in Sokoto.
The commissioner also urged contractors handling supplies to schools to ensure prompt delivery in accordance with stipulated guidelines.