The Sokoto State government is seeking the passage of a bill that will make education compulsory for children of school age in the state and punish parents who refuse to send their wards to school.
This was made known by the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who forwarded a bill in that regard to the Sokoto State House of Assembly.
The move, according to the governor, is aimed at boosting school enrolment and providing quality education to every child as required by local and international laws.
As part of measures to enhance implementation of the new policy, Tambuwal said the state government will build and equip 240 primary and tertiary healthcare centres in the three senatorial zones of the state.
Making this known Monday while addressing religious, traditional and political leaders from 11 local government areas of the state who paid him a sallah visit in Sokoto, the governor said the policy is necessary in view of the high percentage of parents who deliberately frustrate government efforts to educate children.
He said the state government has already made adequate arrangement to cater for the educational needs of its citizens, adding that anyone caught flouting the new regulation will not be spared, no matter how highly placed.
The governor further noted that the founders of Sokoto Caliphate made their marks in areas of education and scholarship, as such, there’s no excuse if their successors failed to provide at least basic education to the future generation.
According to Gov. Tambuwal, if the state gets its education priorities right, many ills of the society will be taken care of.
While appealing to his visitors to support the new initiative, the governor said vocational training centres and employment opportunities will be created to cater for the youth and other vulnerable members of the society.
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