Kano State Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar has said that the state needs about 15,000 classrooms in state-owned secondary schools to enable them take in the 30% of secondary school prospects who have not been able to transit to secondary school upon completing primary education.
Speaking on Tuesday at the unveiling of the facilities renovated by Etisalat at Girls’ Government College, Dala, Kano State said “Today, we are witnessing the result of a strategic partnership.
We as a people are particularly glad because it is very clear to us that given our population as the most densely populated state in the country, the three tiers of Government cannot single-handedly bear the huge funding burden of education without external support.
Therefore, it is very heart-warming to see Etisalat take this initiative of adopting a school for life with the objective of making sure that it brings about positive infrastructural development and enhanced quality of learning through the provision of educational materials.”
Prof. Abubakar also commended Etisalat for combining its core business function of providing quality telecoms services with strategic contributions to the development of the society in various areas through some initiatives like the Adopt-A-School programme.
The facilities include the school’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre equipped with computers, library which was fitted with furniture and books, Kwankwaso Hostel Block, a modern science laboratory, solar-powered potable water facility and seven classrooms with chairs and tables.
Also speaking about the intervention programme, the Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Ibrahim Dikko, said the company aims to help drive the delivery of quality education.
“The whole aim is to drive the delivery of quality education. What we have done is to create an enabling environment for conducive learning which in turn drives improvement in learning. As an innovative company, we are about driving sustainable development using education as one of the key platforms, “he said.
Dikko, who was represented by the company’s Head, Government and Community Relations, Mohammed Suley-Yusuf, also reiterated the company’s commitment to partnering with the Kano state government in achieving its developmental goals in critical areas particularly education.
“Etisalat is proud to be able to contribute positively to achieving the government’s objective of improving Kano State especially in the area of Education. We will continue to collaborate to move the state and indeed the nation forward, even as we work towards being the telecommunications partner of choice for Nigeria. We laud Kano State government, for recognising the potential of and encouraging public private partnership, “he said.