1 May 2008

Nigeria: Governor Lamido Tasks Elite On Education

D/Kudu, Dutse — Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido has accused elites and stakeholders for nonchalant attitude towards supporting the educational sector.

The governor made this statement while handing over the School for Arabic and Islamic Studies Hadejia which was renovated and refurbished by Intercontinental Bank Plc as part of its corporate social responsibility.

He explained that despite the significance of education as bedrock for all human civilization and development, Jigawa elites has neglected the sector over the years, which subsequently lead to the backwardness of education in the state.

According to him, the current report by central bank which rated Jigawa State as most poorest state in the federation, is unfortunate and has direct repercussions with educational backwardness of the state.

Lamido also expressed profound happiness on the bank's gigantic selfless project, which he called "a symbolic human compassion".

In her welcome address, the state commissioner of education, Prof.Rukayyatu Ahmad Rufai commended the effort of the bank in assisting the state government to realise its dreams of reawakening the sprit of education in the state, particularly through their intervention by renovating the school structures as well as re-equipping the school laboratories.

She revealed that, Intercontinental Bank Plc has spend over N100million in renovating 18 classrooms, six student hostels, administrative blocks, two laboratories, and the provision of 149 dining hall seats, 300 student chairs and the construction of six new classes.

The commissioner added that the state government is currently constructing nine new class rooms and eight new hostels.

While handing over the school to the governor, the regional chief executive director, Mr. Jimmy Shotunde said, the bank will continue to support Jigawa State government toward improving the educational sector.

In addition to the renovation, the bank offered annual scholarship to one hundred indigenes of the state starting from this year, and also donated 20 desk top and 10 lamp top computers to the state ministry of finance.

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