Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state says, he would only approve the payment of primary school teachers salaries from September after he received authentic list of bonafide teachers in service duly signed by the Education Secretaries of respective Local Government Education Authority of the twenty-one local government areas and counter-signed by the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB.
Governor Bagudu, stated this at an interactive session held with Chairmen and Secretaries of Local Government Education Authorities as well as the Executive Chairman of SUBEB, and the State Coordinator of the Better Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, Professor Abubakar Abdullahi Bagudo.
The Governor revealed that, the meeting was summoned to assemble all stakeholders in the basic education sector to interact towards eliminating challenges in the sector.
He directed the Secretary to the State Government, to distribute copies of the law establishing local government education authority LGEA, that specify their functions, responsibilities and obligations to all stakeholders in education sector.
Governor Bagudu, equally directed Chairmen of Local Government Education Authority and their secretaries, Local Government Council Chairmen and other stakeholders to work together in the interest of basic education development in the state.
He said, the exercise was not to witchhunt anybody ,but to know the challenges and proffer the required solutions.
Bagudu likewise, identified lack of commitment and the requisite qualifications as some of the problems facing the sector.
The Education Secretaries from the twenty-one local government education authority, LGEAs, responded by gaving out an insight on matters relating the education in their localities while Directors of Finance of each LGEA publicly announced the total amount of money received for the payment of teacher’s salaries for the month of August, this year as requested by the Governor.
They also made comments and offered suggestions on the improvement of teacher’s welfare and educational growth while some of them complained on the attitude of Local Government Council Chairmen for withholding their allowances and that of members of the District Education Committees.