By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI â€” GOVERNOR Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State has said that his administra-tion will, this year, strive hard to ensure that education which is the bedrock of any society is given priority, in view of the brain drain which has seriously affected the state.
The governor, who stated this while presenting the 2010 Appropriation Bill at the floor of the State House of Assembly, explained that after thorough scrutiny and observations of all the social sectors of the economy in line with the performance of his administration, he had no choice than to focus his attention much on the reformation of the education sector. This, he said, is to bring sustainable develop-ment to the good people of the state.
He said that out of the total budget for this fiscal year, which amounts to over N85.1 billion, the education sector received the lion share of N13,764,905,000:00 both for capital and recurrent expenditure.
Sheriff pointed out that the state Ministry of Education has been charged with the responsibility of proper planning, formulation, coordination and monitoring activities of primary, post- primary schools and tertiary institutions in the state.
He stressed that the motive was to create desired enabling environment and conducive teaching and learning atmosphere in all the public schools across the state.