Gombe - Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe
state, on Monday said the state government spent over N20 billion on education
in the last four years.
Dankwambo made this known in Gombe while receiving the Vice Chancellor of
University of Maiduguri, Prof. Abubakar Njodi, who visited him at the
He said that the amount was spent on construction of schools, renovation of
existing structures, and procurement of books.
He disclosed that no fewer than 3,000 graduates were recruited to teach in
schools in the state to enhance teachers’ capacity.
Dankwambo stated that school curricula in the state had been reviewed and that
contracts were entered into with a publishing company for the supply of text
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He, however, lamented that in spite of the government’s commitment to the
sector, school enrolment in the Northern part of the state was still low.
“Now we are thinking of introducing feeding in day schools and introduction of
other incentives to attract the pupils and their parents,’’ he said.
The governor solicited the support of the university in areas of collaboration
that would be of benefit to the state and its citizens.
Earlier, Njodi, who is an indigene of Gombe, thanked the governor for the
support to the university and for repositioning education in the state by
giving it priority.
He assured of the university’s readiness to partner the state in developing
“Do not hesitate to contact us whenever our support is needed; we are ready to
assist any time,’’ Njodi said.