Abdulkarim Umar Kaura, Reporting from Zamfara
The federal government has commended governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara state over his efforts at moving the state’s education sector which led to moving the performance of National Common Entrance Examination organised by NECO for primary School leaving that will qualify them for admission into the federal colleges in Nigeria as the State came first in the 19th northern state and 14th position in the
examination chart from 37th position to the 14th.
The commendation was made by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwu Emeka Nwajuba who was in the state to launch the Better Education Service Delivery (BESDA) on Monday at the Government House, Gusau.
The minister stated that the governor’s effort is magical as it has transformed the education sector of the state which was considered most endemic with over 148,000 out of school children who were facing much threats by banditry, kidnapping and other criminalities
The minister also observed that having created a conducive environment for education and other development indices through effective utilization of resources while ensuring relative peace in the state, over 19,000 out of school children have within a short period of time been enrolled and retained.
He said, it is as a result of Matawalle’s peaceful disposition that the Academic Staff Union of Universities insisted that he should be included on the table of negotiators in the union’s lingering faceoff with the federal government.
In his response, governor Bello Matawalle who promised to sustain these efforts assured that his government will continue to fulfil all its obligations and commitments to the federal government and international bodies for the state to benefit more on interventions so that the state can attain its target of being one of the two best states in education best service delivery in the next one year.
The governor noted that his administration will continue to engage the best hands and professionals in all sectors of the state so that the best can be achieved.
He pleaded with the federal government to give a waver to the state government in the payment of over N3.8 billion debt it inherited in respect of WAEC and NECO examination fees on which the state government will be paying N100 million monthly.