The Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, Sunday, announced the state will declare a state of emergency in its education sector.
The state came 32nd among Nigeria’s 36 states in the 2016 West African Examinations Council result rating.
But Mr. Bagudu said declaring a state of emergency in the education sector would improve teaching and learning in the state while addressing members of Kebbi Development Forum (KDF), an NGO in Birnin Kebbi.
He said education is the bedrock of development hence the resolve of his administration to rejuvenate the sector.
Out of the 78,378 pupils that participated in the 2017 National Common Entrance Examination, to book places in unity colleges, Kebbi had the least number of candidates.
It had 63, a sharp contrast with Lagos which had 24,816 candidates.
The governor, who decried the low standard of education in the state, said his administration would work with stakeholders to transform the sector.
“We would improve upon the human capacity problems in all levels of education,” he said.
Mr. Bagudu said he would constitute a stakeholders committee on education and recruit more teachers, provide equipment to schools and improve teachers’ welfare.
The chairman board of trustees of KDF, Bala Sakaba, said the forum was a non-partisan organisation formed to foster unity, generate ideas and programmes to accelerate socio-economic development.
He said the forum is involved in sensitisation and mobilisation of traditional rulers, religious leaders and the elite to act as agents of changes towards value reorientation.
“It is our belief that for any society to develop, its citizens must be sensitised, to enable informed and enlightened decisions such as demand for services and accountability from their elected representatives,” Sakaba said.
Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Usman Muhammad, who chaired the occasion lamented the backwardness of the state in education and tasked stakeholders to assist resolve the problem
“The knowledge attained through education creates opportunities for better prospects in career growth,’ he said.
A committee member, Aisha Adamu called on the state government to be more committed to promoting girl child education, adding,” If you educate a woman you educate the nation.”