Bauchi - Bauchi State Government has spent N2 billion to procure essential text books for schools in the state, the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Sagir Saleh, said.
Saleh stated this at the inauguration of the 2012 Professional Teachers’ Development Programme on Monday in Bauchi.
Saleh, who represented Gov. Isa Yuguda, said that apart from the textbooks, the government had also provided 600 hand pumps, 260,000 twin desks and recruited 2,000 teachers.
According to him, 2,000 blocks of classrooms and toilets were either constructed or renovated to improve the standard and quality of education in the state.
He described education as an important instrument for effective and accelerated development.
"All our interventions in the business of quality basic education delivery have been consistent with policies of the Federal Government.
"They are aimed at meeting the goals of Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015,” he said.
On teachers' welfare, Saleh said 22,000 teachers and non-teaching staff had been promoted to ensure efficient and effective service delivery.
Earlier in an address, the Minister of State for Education, Mr Ezenwo Wike, said 150,000 teachers across the nation had been targeted for the first phase of the professional training programme.
He said the ministry would employ people to monitor the training, adding that their work would end after the programme.
Wike solicited the support of the state Universal Basic Education Boards and FCT Universal Basic Education Board to achieve the desired result.