​Changing Face of Education in Sokoto 

Changing Face of Education in Sokoto 


1.     Declaration of state of emergency in education

2.     Establishment of a technical committee on state of emergency and charged with the responsibility of developing a framework for the proper implementation of the emergency declared.

3.     In 2016 budget, education got N34.5 billion, the highest budgetary allocation of 29%

4.     In 2017 budget, education maintained its top position in sectoral allocation when it got N38.4 billion allocation. This represents 27.3 percent of the total budget outlay.

5.     The sum of N2.2 billion has been paid as scholarship to Sokoto indigenes from May 2015 to date.

6.     Right to Education Bill: Sokoto became the first state in Nigeria to introduce the ‘Right to Education’ bill when Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal sought assent from the State House of Assembly for passage. The bill provides for free and compulsory education, to be paid for by public coffers, for all children between ages six and 18. It also criminalises refusal to send children to school, and parents will be liable to criminal prosecution if they stop their children from attending school.

7.     Only LGA in Nigeria without senior secondary school gets one: Building of Government Secondary School, Balle, Gudu LGA, the only local government area without a senior secondary school in Nigeria. In 2016, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal released the sum of N1.2 billion for construction work for the new school to begin. Apart from providing opportunity for the LGA’s 200,000 inhabitants, the new school will operate a dual curriculum of English and French, and will serve citizens of Nigeria and neighbouring Niger Republic.

8.     Construction of 54 new secondary schools: From September 2015 to date, 54 new secondary schools have been built. The number includes 35 new junior secondary schools and 19 new senior secondary schools. In total, government intends to build 160 new primary and secondary schools across the state by the end of 2017. 

9.     Creation of Agency for Girl Child Education which will supervise and implement targeted policies aimed at assisting female students to achieve their potentials in life.

10.  Disbursement of N158 million to 10,564 families to enable them allow their female children to attend classes.

11.  In 2015/2016 academic session, 1,200,000 new pupils were admitted into schools for the first time. A similar target has been set for the current 2016/2017 academic session. 

12.  Sponsorship of 250 female teachers for specialized training at the State College for Education. They will be posted back to their communities to serve as role models for girls.

13.  Renovation of 1500 primary schools, 180 junior secondary schools and 200 senior secondary schools with more than 80% of the number completed.

14.  Approval, in principal, to build 40 new model secondary schools in the state. The new model schools will serve as pioneer centres of excellence across the three senatorial zones in the 23 LGAs. The work will go hand in hand with renovation of existing schools currently going on. 

15.  Upgrading the Department of Higher Education into a full-fledged ministry.

16.  Introduction of the approved Consolidated Salary Structure for lecturers in all tertiary institutions in Sokoto State.

17.  Training of 3,143 teachers in new teaching techniques. Done with collaboration of NEI+

18.  Training of 165 teachers on Quality Assurance assessment and Jolly Phonics

19.  Recruitment of 1000 new teachers for secondary schools, including science and technology teachers

20.  Sponsoring of about 300 lecturers to various trainings at home and abroad

21.  Building of 230 blocks of 3 classrooms and two blocks of 6 classrooms in various Primary and Junior Secondary Schools across the state

22.  Renovation of more than 300 blocks of classrooms state-wide. 

23.  N93,600,000 used for procurement and distribution of JAMB forms to 13,000 Sokoto indigenes in two years.

24.  N603,409308 expended on construction of 60 office complex and modern library at Sokoto State University

25.  Establishment of College of Basic and Remedial Studies, Sokoto