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Ganduje’s free education bill passes second reading at Kano Assembly

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A bill seeking to establish Kano State Education Development Support Board presented by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to the House of Assembly, has scaled the second reading on Tuesday,

Labaran Abdul-Madari, the Majority leader of the House while speaking on the bill, said if it becomes law, it will support the state government’s initiative on free and compulsory primary and secondary education in the state.

Recall that recently, the State government introduced free and compulsory primary and secondary education across the state.

Mr Abdul-Madari explained that the fund to be used by the board towards boosting the education sector in the state will be generated from the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, Local Government Federal allocation.

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According to the majority leader, other sources of fund for the board include foreign donors, individuals and other interested companies.

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He added that, “if the bill becomes a law, five per cent of the fund would be generated from the IGR in the state, while two per cent will come from the Local Governments’ Federal allocation”.

The Legislator explained that the law will also provide the appointment of a head for the board and posting of other supporting staff from various education parastatals in the state.

According to Mr Abdul-Madari, the three Senatorial Districts in the state would also have representatives as members of the board.

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He added that, “if we pass the bill into law, it will also bring to an end the issue of Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA) fund given by the parents and teachers”.

NAN reports that after deliberation by the members during the plenary session presided over by the speaker, Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, the legislators adopted the second reading.

NAN reports that during the session, the Kano State Emirate Council Bill 2019 has scaled the first reading, as read by the Clerk of the Assembly, Malam Abdullahi Alfa.


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