From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh Kano
Kano state House of Assembly on Wednesday approved Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s request to source N15 billion loan for the funding of Free, Compulsory Primary and Basic Education in the state.
The AUTHORITY reports that Ganduje had transmitted a request to the Assembly to that effect.
The Ganduje’s Free, Compulsory Primary and Basic Education policy has received commendation from within and outside the country.
The request was approved by the state Assembly during a Plenary Session presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa.
The AUTHORITY recalls that Speaker Garba-Gafasa had on Monday read letter signed by Ganduje seeking for the permission of the Assembly to allow the Local Government Councils access the loan from one of the new generation banks.
The House Committee on Local Government Affairs was given two days to submit their report.
However, the Assembly on Wednesday approved the request after the Deputy Majority leader, Alhaji Kabiru Hassan-Dashi who supervised the Committee of Local Government presented their report.
According to the Deputy Leader, “the fund would be used to construct more classes and rehabilitate some aimed at reducing congestion. The loan will also support the provision of free uniform for the students and also enhance the school feeding initiative by the state government.”
The Originating Letter sent by the Ganduje indicated that each of the 44 Local Government Councils will receive N340 million.
The loan is designed to be paid in 30 months with only 15 per cent interest.
The money will be deducted from the monthly Federal allocation made for the Local Councils.