From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Coalition for Improvement of Public Expenditure Management (BACIPEM) has called on Governor Mohammed Abubakar to implement the recommendation made by the task force committee on total overhaul of the state education sector.
It would be recalled that in 2016 the Governor declared state of emergency on education by setting up a 26 man task force committee on education under the chairmanship of deputy Governor Engineer Nuhu Gidado and was given 8 weeks to submit its report, which had since July 2016 submitted its report to Governor Mohammed Abubakar.
The Acting Chairperson of BACIPEM, Mrs Mary Ann Emmanuel made the appeal during advocacy visit to Special Adviser on Education to the Governor Comrade Sabo Mohammed in his officer yesterday in Bauchi, which was supported by Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).
Mrs Emmanuel stressed the need for Governor Mohammed Abubakar to implement the recommendation which would address the challenges facing the education sector in the state.
“The term of reference of the committee included monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the policies as well as giving appropriate recommendation on how to improve access to and quality of education in the state.” she said
According to her, one year after the submission of the report which has innovative and interesting recommendations not much have been heard on the implementation of the recommendation which will make education sector vibrant in the state.
Mary Ann however called on the Governor to increase the budgetary allocation to the education sector from 18% to 26,% and strengthen the relationship with CSOs and government to allow free flow of information that will support monitoring and tracking of education projects.
In his response the Special Adviser on Education to Governor Mohammed Abubakar, Comrade Sabo Mohammed said the Govenor is passionate about education sector. “H E is working assiduously on the report and implementation of the recommendation of the tasks force committee” he said.
He pointing out that the present administration does not compromise the issue of transparency, accountability, quality of teachers, toward improving the education sector in the state.
Mohammed Sabo assured that increase in budget will look in to and pledged his readiness and the ministry of education partnering Civil Society Organizations to improve education challenges in the state.