Prof Suleiman Khalid, Chairman, Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says the state government has spent over N4.5 billion on the construction and renovation of 1,051 classrooms in public primary schools across the state.
Khalid stated this on Friday at the presentation of furniture donated to the Atiku Bagudu Science Model Primary School, Birnin Kebbi by Hajiya Asma’u Mai’eka, a member of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).
He said that the money also covered the construction of other structures such as conveniences, provision of furniture and instructional materials.
He listed the projects to include the rehabilitation of 540 block of classrooms, construction of 511 new ones and 138 boreholes.
Others were construction of 130 toilets, 77 paremeter fence and procurement of 22,892 sets of furniture for distribution to 1,907 schools.
Khalid said that assorted instructional materials and vocational facilities were also provided to the schools while a number of teachers benefitted from capacity building programmes.
According to him, the projects are part of measures towards ensuring the provision of conducive learning atmosphere for teachers and pupils.
He said that, “No education can rise above the level of its teachers.”
The Chairman appealed to the people in the state to reciprocate the gesture by giving back to the society, stressing that education is the responsibility for all.
Khalid described the donation by Mai’eka as commendable worthy emulation by all and sundry.
“You don’t have to give us furniture, you can build a classroom or a block of classrooms, you can also renovate.
”One can also provide teaching aids or instructional materials even if it is a window or a ceiling, you can provide.
“Even with N5,000 or N2,000 you can come and fix a dilapidated structure or provide something that in lacking in the school.
”This is a support to the education sector because we want people to be fully involved in the management and running of our educational institutions” he said.