A linguistic lecturer with the Usman Danfodiyo University, Dr. Mansur Bihari has advised the Sokoto state government to limit its scholarship awards to only sons and daughters of indigent parents in the state. He blamed parents for the decay in education in the state by allowing the government to shoulder the educational responsibility of their children alone.
Delivering a lecture titled “ Revival of Education in Nigeria, the Role of Old Boys Association” at the 10th Annual General Meeting and Reunion of 2004 set of Nagarta College , Buhari described the millions of Naira being spent annually on scholarship and WAEC without commensurable results as “worrisome”.
According to him, N600 million was spent on WAEC and NECO registration by the state government in 2016 but only less than 30 percent of pupils who sat for the exams passed. He added that the sum of N960 million was spent on scholarship the same year with sons and daughters of top government officers and wealthy individuals among the beneficiaries.
“The N960 million spent on scholarship could be enough to establish a whole faculty in the state university. Recently, the state government sent 200 students to Sudan. We can’t continue funding other peoples’ education while our tertiary institution are in dire need of intervention,” he said He, suggested mock exams for the final year students of public secondary schools and that the government should pay the examination fees of only those who have passed the exams while the scholarship should only be for the wards of the indigent parents.
He noted with dismay that only 3.4 percent of the 26 percent annual budgetary allocation to education was being spent on capital projects while the rest was spent on recurrent expenditures. In his remarks, the National President of Nagarta College Alumni, Professor Abdulkadir Junaidu, who is also the Commissioner of Animal Health and Fishery in the state, counseled parents to start thinking of shouldering the education of their wards.
The Chairman of the chapter, Abubakar Dalhatu commended the state government for declaring a state of emergency on education, urging the government to commit more resources on the sector. Caliphate Trust reported that the Sokoto state government has declared free primary and secondary education, including payment of WAEC, NECO, and JAMB in the state.
Source: Daily Trust.