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ZAMFARA HOS TO INTRODUCE EDUCATION CONTRIBUTORY SCHEME

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ZAMFARA HOS TO INTRODUCE EDUCATION CONTRIBUTORY SCHEME


The Zamfara Head of Service (HOS), Kabiru Muhammad says his office is making arrangement to introduce a scheme, where  civil servants will contribute from their monthly salary for the development of education in the state.


Muhammad disclosed this on Thursday, at a one-day duologue meeting on social protection with traditional and religious leaders as well as other key stakeholders in the state.


The meeting was organised by Ukaid funded project “Expanding Social Protection for Inclusive Development (ESPID)”.
The ESPID is implemented in the state by an NGO, Save the Children International (SCI).


The state HoS, who was represented at the meeting by the Director, administration, Mr Ahmad Ibrahim added that the scheme was aim to raise fund for the future development of education in the state.


“You know contributing to the education sector is not limited to government alone but everyone can contribute through his or her own means and capacity.
“I consider it as one of the ways my office can support development and future sustainability of education in the state.
“We have already started discussion with the state assembly lawmakers and they pledged to contribute one month salary annually.

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“We are going to contact senior government officials and political appointments,” he explained.
In his own part, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Higher Education, Alhaji Yakubu Tsafe noted that the state government under Gov Bello Matawalle had initiated various policies and programmes for the development of education in the state.


Tsafe noted that the state government would soon embark on recruitment exercise of academic and non academic staff for the state owned University, Talata-Mafara.
“Last week, we had a meeting with His Excellency, Gov Bello Matawalle and Vice Chancellor of the university was in attendance over the development of the institution.
“Very soon, we are going to embark on recruitment of both academic and non academic staff for the university,” he said.


Also speaking, the Director, Legislative Matters, State House of Assembly, Yusuf Sabo said the house was giving priority to education sector.
Sabo said that the sixth assembly in the state since its inception had enacted various laws and many are on the legislative process for the development of education in the state.
According to him, in the 2022 budget, the assembly allocated larger share for the State Ministry of Education and Teachers Service Board, for both capital projects  and recurrent expenditures for the promotion of education in the state.


Earlier, the ESPID official, Nura Muhammad said the meeting was aimed at creating awareness on programmes available to the poor and vulnerable on social protection.
“One of the objectives of this meeting is to sensitise citizens on government reforms around accountable social protection programming.


“The meeting is also to strengthen synergy between government and community leaders towards inclusive social protection programme as well as promoting community participation in the social protection programmes,” Muhammad said.

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