The Sokoto State Government says it will spend N1.2 billion on the construction of a secondary school in Balle, headquarters of Gudu Local Government Area.
The State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Jabbi Kilgori, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Thursday.
Kilgori said: “Gudu local government is reputed to be the only one without a senior secondary school in the whole of the country.
“That was what informed the decision of the state government to conceive this noble project which was duly approved by the state executive council penultimate week.
“The ministry had on Wednesday handed over the site of the project to the contracting firm and work had immediately commenced.
“The state government spent over N4 million in the payment of compensation for some affected farmlands.”
Kilgori said that the project is expected to be completed before the end of this year, adding “we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the execution of quality works’’.
The commissioner explained that the project include 18 classrooms, hostels, a library, laboratories and other related infrastructure.
He stated that the policy was aimed at ensuring the provision of quality education to all categories of people in the state.
Meanwhile, the commissioner said he had directed the issuance of queries to 60 primary and secondary school teachers across the state for alleged absenteeism.
Kilgori said: “These teachers were absent during my recent unscheduled visits to their respective schools.
“The visits were aimed at assessing the resumption level of the teachers, pupils and students after the recent Eid-el-Fitr break.
“I have directed their Education Secretaries and Principals to issue the queries to them, and their replies would be submitted to the ministry’s standing disciplinary committee.
“Those who are found to be first time offenders will be warned, while the habitual offenders will be suspended for a period, without pay.”
The commissioner warned that the teachers who refused to buckle up would be shown the way out.
He said that they would later be replaced by more competent teachers who are now “on-stand by’’ clamouring for recruitment across the state.