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Sokoto Approves 100% Increase In Feeding Allowance For Boarding School Students

Economy & Trends / Spotlight 2016_10largeimg23_oct_2016_125627524

Sokoto state government has approved  an upward review of feeding allowance for boarding school students in the state.

‎The allowance was raised from N70 to N140 per student per day, representing 100 percent increase.

“Due to current inflation in prices of food stuff in the market, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has approved increase in feeding allowance of boarding students in public schools from N70 to N140 per student per day,” Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Jabbi Kilgore announced in a statement made available to Daily Trust.

He called on contractors handling supplies to schools to ensure prompt delivery in accordance with stipulated guidelines.

‎Meanwhile, Sokoto  state government says it is partnering  with the Nigerian Army to widen access to education by providing additional schools in the state.

Kilgore  said the state government and the Nigerian Army have teamed up to establish two new schools in Sokoto town and Shagari local government area.

“While one of the schools, a primary, will have boarding facilities that will cater for children aged between five to 12 years, the other, a secondary school, will be for day students and will be sited at the Giwa Barracks, Sokoto,” he explained.

The commissioner added that  ‎the partnership provides that the state government would provide land and requisite infrastructure while the Nigerian Army would provide personnel and teaching facilities.

He noted that  the partnership with the military authorities would expand access to education for military personnel and their families, while giving opportunity for citizens in local communities to tap from military’s expertise in school management.

‎”This is a beginning of a relationship which we hope to expand in the future. Both sides are happy with preparations for the take off of the schools. We are confident it will benefit our citizens going forward,” he said.

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