Kano State governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso has said that his administration decided to make education its topmost priority because the sector is the pivot of accelerated and sustainable development.
He made the assertion at the combined commissioning of the multi-million Naira Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS Kurnar Asabe and Abdulhamid Hasan Model Primary School, in Kurnar Asabe, Dala local government area.
Governor Kwankwaso, according to a statement by Malam Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, Director of Press and Public Relations to the Governor stated that so far, the state government has constructed new schools and additional classrooms in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, to accommodate the teeming students in the state, adding that serious attention was also given to the provision of teaching and learning materials, to make the governments’ goals achievable.
“Only God knows where these students and teachers would have been without these schools. So you can see that we are trying to support you to make life more meaningful for you and for our entire communities,” the governor stated.
While congratulating the students of the two new schools, the governor charged them to abide by the rules and regulations at all times and to pay keen attention to moral and academic excellence, so as not to squander the investment in their education.
The governor, however, directed the state Ministry of Education to make sure that only children from Kurna
community were admitted at the Abdulhamid Hasan Model Primary School, while children from the adjoining Gobirawa community should be placed at the existing Gobirawa Primary School. This, he maintained, is to prevent children from the two communities frequently crossing the newly constructed road in the area, thereby endangering their lives.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Education, Malam Tajuddeen Gambo, disclosed that the land on which the two schools were constructed was hitherto abandoned and had become a hideout for criminals, stressing that the government had no option than to make use of it for communal good.
He described the two schools, which have multi storey buildings, as the first of their kind since the creation of Kano state, pointing out that “the state government has demonstrated commitment and true ownership of reforms in education.”
In his speech, a one – time Commissioner of Education in the state, Alhaji Abdulhamid Hasan, praised governor Kwankwaso for honouring him, noting that his administration’s investment in the education sector is not just pragmatic but will stand the test of time.
Highlights of the occasion include presentation of an award of excellence to Gov. Kwankwaso by students of GGSS Kurnar Asabe and a play by pupils of Abdulhamid Hasan Model Primary School.