Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has approved the construction of the N1.2 billion Government Secondary School in Balle, headquarters of Gudu Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the town, Gudu, remains the only LGA without a senior secondary school in Nigeria.
Speaking on Saturday at the event, which was attended by development partners and religious and traditional rulers from within and outside Sokoto, Tambuwal disclosed that his administration decided to embark on the project as Gudu had remained the only local government in the state without a Senior Secondary School.
He said: ” The state government embarked on the project as the area had remained the only one out of the 23 local governments of the state without a Senior Secondary School.
” The school will be a co-educational one, both for boys and girls.
” It will also attract students from the state, other states of Nigeria and others from the neighbouring Niger Republic.
” Students of the school would be taught in both English and French.’’
The governor also assured that funds would be made available for the completion of the project on schedule, adding that the contractor had since been paid 30 percent of the contract sum while the project would be completed in the next four months.
” Education is key to success both in this world and in the hereafter.
” The school is aimed at improving enrolment, retention and completion of students across the state.
” It is also aimed at improving equal access to education for both the boy and girl child in the state.
” When you educate a girl,you educate the society and when you educate a boy, you educate only an individual,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tambuwal also inaugurated the disbursement of N211 million grants of the Nigeria Partnership For Education Project and the World Bank.