New Sokoto FCE to take-off October- Provost

The newly established Federal College of Education, Gidan Madi in Yabo Local government of Sokoto state is to commence operations in October this year.

The pioneer Provost of the College, Professor Faruk Umar Zaki disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal in his office, yesterday.

Professor Zaki, explained that the college would focus only on technical and vocational courses for the beginning.

Zaki added that decision to start with such courses was to reduce unemployment and redundancy among youths in the state and beyond.

He, however, appealed for the intervention of the governor, saying, “After taking off, the management of the college will be financially incapable to man the affairs of the institution because it is not captured in the 2021 budget of the federal government.

“We cannot handle issues of staff salaries, logistics and other expenses. The institution also needs operational vehicles and accommodation for its librarian.”

“The state government should also renovate some structures at the college’s temporary site, grant the college a permission to use Technical College Binji for practical aspect of its courses.

Reacting, Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal approved N50m as cash grant for the take-off of the College, saying the money could handle expenses for salaries and logistics for the meantime.

Governor Tambuwal also directed the state’s ministry of education to liaise with the management of the college for the renovation of some structures at the institution’s temporary site.

He also promised two operational vehicles for the college and payment of 2 years rent for the accommodation of the college’s chief librarian.

The governor explained that sighting the college at Yabo local government was appropriate, as according to him the four local governments of Tangaza, Binji, Silami and Gudu that surrounded the institution were among the areas that are lagging behind in the pursuit of western education.

He said it has become imperative for Sokoto state government to support the institution, as according to him education was the priority of his administration.

“The era of getting white cola job from government is over, the best way to address issue of unemployment among our youth, is to prepare them to face the challenges of their future life by equipping them with technical and vocational skills. So, the decision of the management of the college to start with technical and vocational course is apt,” Tambuwal said.

 

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