BY ABUBAKAR H. MUHAMMAD, FEBRUARY 11, 2022 | 02:50 PM
Mai Mala Buni, Governor of Yobe State has held a fundraiser to fund education in the state.
During his inauguration in 2019, Governor Buni declared emergency on the education sector but despite that, there seems to be a lot more to be done.
This is relatively due to the over a decade-long activities of insurgent groups in the state. During this period, according to Idi Barde Gubana, the deputy governor of the state, about 67 students and three teachers were killed while over 80 students were injured.
Several schools were shut down within the state due to recurring attacks, which also led to overcrowding in most public schools, especially in urban areas.
During such attacks, many schools and education facilities were completely burnt down or destroyed, while students were on several occasions abducted.
The Dapchi Abduction was one of them, in addition to the Buni Yadi massacre of students, in 2018 and 2014, respectively.
Apart from rebuilding of those facilities and the establishment of new ones, the task of recruiting new teachers, training and ensuring their security, among other things, are all before the state government to deal with.
The recognition of this giant task may have informed the Buni led administration of the need to initiate new ideas and policies like the fundraiser and the setting up of education trust fund.
The campaign, Yobe State Education Appeal Fund, is aimed at generating funds through donations from within and outside the state, which is expected to complement budgetary allocations to the sector and ultimately rescue the sector.
Proceeds of the appeal funds will be channeled to the Yobe State Education Trust Fund, which was established by Governor Buni, with a six-man committee that serves as its board of trustees.
Engr. Muhammad Ali Kachalla Abubakar chairs the board, while Prof. Mamman Yusuf Yusufari, SAN, serve as the secretary.
The board is responsible for receiving, executing and accounting for all the donations.
Other members are Mohammed Bukar, Malam Sule Dauda, Alh. Ballama Manu and Prof. Maimuna Waziri.
The launching of the program had Ambassador Babajana Kingibe as the chairman, while Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal, chairman and chief executive officer, Mangal Group of Companies, as the chief launcher.
The co-host, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, the senate president and all state governors were selected as the hosts.
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