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Gov. Lawal seeks TETFund’s support on educational Growth

Gov. Lawal seeks TETFund’s support on educational Growth

…this year other of our intervention makes provisions for security infrastructure

….Anywhere you go around the Country, you will definitely see the footprint of TETFund

By Hannatu L. D.

Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara has sought for support from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to help the state in the educational development and growth.

The Governor made the call on Friday in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the fund, Sonny Echono.

Lawal stated that the state lacked sufficient funds to improve its education sector, hence the need for his visit to the Fund.

”…No matter what i want to do in the area of education, bearing in mind the financial resources of the state, i have limitations and therefore, i need to look elsewhere, where i can get help and this is the place (TETFund) where that help will come from”

”The essence of our visit here is to thank the Establishment for the good work you are doing. It is very clear that TETfund is doing extremely well in the area of education building”

” Anywhere you go around the Country, you will definitely see the footprint of TETfund, this is very nice”

The governor, who recognised that there are challenges such as insecurity, and culture limiting educational development in the state, pledged to do the needful to help its citizens embrace education.

” It is a known fact that without education, we will not be able to achieve anything and we will continue to be backward and therefore, education becomes my second priority after insecurity issues”

”We are not just focusing on tertiary education in the state but also primary and secondary. We already have bodies coming to help in that area.

” We must design a mechanism to change the mindset of the people that education is the key to their development.

”We are working to change the narrative so that Zamfara State can compete with other states in the area of education,” he said.

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Responding, the Executive Secretary of the fund, Sonny Echono, said that education for all was the responsibility of all, while charging the media to play its role in enlightening citizens on the importance of education.

Echono commended the past governors of the state for improvement in the enrollment of students in national examinations in the last two years.

”Recall some years back, Zamfara used to be the least in the number of candidates for the National Common Entrance Examination and WAEC.

”About two years from now, Zamfara usually has had like sixty something enrollments for registration in national examinations which is not fair enough, but with renewed assurance after a visit to the state, Zamfara now has nearly 1,200 candidates writing the exams.

”I am confident that with the new governor, our desire and current plans will work,” he said.

Echono added that the fund would continue to make interventions available to the state base on the approved guidelines and because of the peculiarity of insecurity affecting education in the state.

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