By Sule ALIYU, Bauchi
Bauchi state government has paid the sum of N425 million to register the senior secondary school students who are indigenes of the state for this year’s West African Examination Council [WAEC] and other Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations [SSCE].
State Deputy Governor Engineer Nuhu Gidado who doubles as the commissioner of education disclosed this Friday during this year’s ministerial press briefing held at the state ministry of information where he informed that the gesture was aimed at assisting the children of the poor who could not afford to pay for the examinations.
Represented by the permanent secretary ministry of education Nasir Muhammed Yalwa, the deputy governor revealed that the money was earmarked from the education empowerment program funds included in the 2017 budget.
While emphasizing the importance of education in the society, Gidado said the state government has approved the revalidation of employment of 430 teachers whose appointments were suspended in 2015 adding that the government also settled teachers their seven months’ salary arrears to the tune of N93,426,200.87 million.
”The government also paid the sum of N219, 265, 000 million as tuition/allowances to 84 Bauchi State Students on special training at Igbinedion University, Okada in respect of 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic sessions. The sum of 104, 877, 000 00 is being paid every month for students direct feeding programme for both conventional and special schools”, he said
In a related development as part of efforts to de-congest prisons in Bauchi state, the state Governor Mohammed Abubakar has pardoned not less than 170 inmates serving various jail terms in the state within the last two years and reintegrated them into the society.
State Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Ibrahim Yakubu Umar disclosed this during week while giving a scorecard of his ministry at the ongoing ministerial press briefing held at the state ministry of information.
He said the advisory council on prerogative of mercy committee during the period under review visited all the prisons across the state where they scrutinized and physically verified the inmates and selected those who deserved to be pardoned by the governor.
“The council recommended a total of 170 inmates and the governor graciously approved the pardoning of the inmates. The pardoned inmates are now enjoying their freedom with their families, friends and loved ones” He said
In the area of civil litigation, the commissioner said that the department negotiates and mediates all civil cases ranging from monetary to land matters, adding that the department so far handled a total of 116 cases from January 2016 to date.
He disclosed that the ministry in it bid to support the Internally Generated Revenue,[ IGR] of the state, successfully channeled to the treasury the sum of N59,497,000 million from vetting of agreement and sundries which covered the period from January 2016 to May 19th 2017.