By Najem Francis, Sokoto
Sokoto state government distributed a total of 45,926 desks to various schools across the twenty-three local government areas of the state from 2015 to 2017, the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, has said.
Imam who was giving an update on the successes recorded in the education sector since the declaration of state of emergency in Sokoto state just over two years ago, said that the government procured and distributed 30,186 double-desk furniture to primary and secondary schools for the 2015/2016 academic year and 15,740 double-sealers for the 2016/2017
“This number was complemented by the distribution of over 160,000 assorted teaching aides and instructional materials to all public schools in Sokoto state,” he stated.
He said such teaching aids included basic school curriculum, white boards and board markers, admission/attendance registers, school diary, logbooks, visitors’ books and lesson notebooks, among others.
He named some of the benefiting schools as Ore, Baliyan Dutse and Kabawa primary schools in Binji, Mundawata primary school in Illela, Zumbulu primary school in Sabon Birni, Rundi primary school in Silame, Kalgawa and Banche primary schools in Tambuwal, Alkammu primary school, II in Wurno, Magajin Gari primary school in Sokoto North and Baware primary school in Yabo LGA.
According to him, in 2017 alone, more than 400 desks were supplied to Gada LGA, 600 to Dange Shuni, 700 to Bodinga, 600 to Goronyo, 600 to Sabon Birni, another 600 to Rabah and 550 to Gudu LGAs.
For Sokoto North LGA, 560 seaters were distributed to Yahaya Nawawi primary school alone, while in Tambuwal LGA, 280 double-seaters were supplied in Sanyinna Model primary school after its complete overhaul.
“School furniture is an important component in learning. Government will continue to supply more of such desks until all schools are covered.
“Government is also appealing to individuals and groups to support schools in their community so as to provide a more conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning,” Imam added.