The Sokoto State government is now seeking to make education compulsory and punish parents who refuse to comply with the law.
The decision was made known by the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who has right now forwarded a bill in that regard to the Sokoto State House of Assembly.
According to the governor, the new rule is aimed at boosting school enrollment and providing quality education to every child as required by local and international laws. As part of measures to enhance implementation of the new policy, the Sokoto government says it will build and equip 240 primary and tertiary healthcare centres in the three senatorial zones of the state.
Mr. Tambuwal while addressing religious, traditional and political leaders from 11 local government areas of the state who paid him a sallah visit in Sokoto on Moday, said the policy is necessary in view of the high percentage of parents who deliberately frustrate government efforts to educate children.
He said the state government has already made adequate arrangement to cater for the educational needs of its citizens, adding that anyone caught flouting the new regulation will not be spared. The governor also noted that the founders of Sokoto Caliphate made their marks in the areas of education and scholarships, as such, there’s no excuse if their successors failed to provide at least basic education to the future generation.
According to him, if the state gets its education priorities right, many ills of the society will be taken care of. While appealing to his visitors to support the new initiative, Mr. Tambuwal said vocational training centres and employment opportunities will be created to cater for the youth and other vulnerable members of the society.
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