There exists a Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria which doesn’t have a secondary school. But not anymore in the coming months as it seems.
Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor, laid the foundation for the construction of the first secondary school in Gudu LGA, Sokoto.
The Governor laid the foundation for the school in the town of Balle, Gudu’s headquarters.
Tambuwal while speaking at the event said his administration embarked on the project as the area had remained the only one out of the 23 local governments of the state without a Senior Secondary School.
“The school will be a co-educational one, both for boys and girls. We have decided to make it a unity school and will attract students from all parts of Nigeria and neighbouring Niger republic. Students of the school would be taught in both English and French,” he said.
According to him, the contractor had since been paid the required 30 per cent as mobilisation fee.
He said the project would be completed in the next four months, while the work commenced about two months ago.
“Education is key to success both in this world and in the hereafter. The school is aimed at improving enrolment, retention and completion of students across the state. It is also aimed at improving equal access to education for both boys and girls in the state.
“As the adage goes, when you educate a girl, you educate the society but when you educate a boy, you educate only an individual,” he added.
Tambuwal called on the contracting firm to complete the work on schedule, warning that compromise by supervising engineers would not be condoned.
Present at the event were development partners, and religious and traditional rulers from within and outside Sokoto.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, while speaking at the event commended the state government for embarking on the project.
Abubakar stressed the need for all children to have equal opportunities to education.
He described illiteracy as a “disease” which forces people to follow others blindly, and decried street begging by some children, saying such act was unIslamic.
The Sultan urged wealthy individuals to provide scholarship to the children of less privileged.