The Yobe State Government on Monday appealed on the state’s public servants to rally behind the government in its efforts to save the state from the disaster of educational decline. This comes after the state’s education system was destroyed as a result of the insurgency’s years of violence.
Hon. Muhammed Lamin, Chairman of the Yobe Education Recovery Appeal Fund’s Publicity Sub Committee, said that since the fund’s inception in 1991, successive governments in the state have made a series of sporadic and bold attempts to improve the education sector despite mounting challenges.
Muhammed Lamin, the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, stated this during a news conference to inform the media on the status of preparations for the Yobe State Education Recovery Fund Raising scheduled for December 4th, 2021.
He stated that it is no longer news that the decade-long insurgency has had a negative influence on the citizens’ life.
“The disastrous effect it has had on the state’s education system and structure is enormous, and any responsible government must pay notice,” he said, adding that “Governor Mai Mala Buni has declared a state of emergency on education since taking office in 2019.”
“Some of you have been in the state since the start of the ugly phenomenon called insurgency which has destroyed everything about our educational systems including the psyche of our children and parents,” Lamin said.
Muhammed Lamin went on to say that the Mai Mala Buni administration believes that the right steps must be taken to address this terrible trend in our educational system, which is why the education sector has been declared a state of emergency, and policies and programs to bail the state out of this quagmire have been implemented.
“It is critical to state that educating our citizens is our collective responsibility as a people,” Lamin said. “Aside from reaching out to people outside government, civil servants in the state should also contribute their modest contribution to the programme by contributing 10% of their November 2021 basic salary to the scheme,” he added.