By Bashir Rabe Mani
Sokoto – The Universal Education Commission (UBEC) and Sokoto State Government have earmarked N3.6 billion for the rehabilitation of 235 primary schools in the state.
The Executive Secretary of Sokoto State Universal Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Faruk Shehu, made this known to newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday.
Shehu said that N1.6 billion of the amount was jointly contributed by the commission and the state government.
”This N1.6 billion was for UBEC and state government joint venture 2015 intervention projects.
”Some of the projects had been completed, while others are at various states of completion.”
Shehu further said that the remaining N2 billion was for joint venture projects for 2016.
He said that the state government had since released its N1 billion counterpart fund while that of the commission was being awaited.
He further said that the state government was currently constructing a block of three classrooms each in 21 primary schools across the state at the cost of between N10.3 million to N10.4 million each.
”Some of them had been competed while others are at various stages of completion.
”The state government is also rehabilitating three primary schools – one in each of the three senatorial zones under what it termed `Whole School Approach’.
”In this direction, N105 million was earmarked for the primary schools in Tambuwal, Gada and Sokoto North local governments,” the executive secretary said.
Meanwhile, the state government has earmarked N100 million for the take-off of the pilot home grown school feeding programme in primary schools across the state, he said.
”The pupils of the selected schools will be given breakfast on school days and the gesture is aimed at shoring up enrolment, retention and completion,” Shehu said.