Kaduna State Government has unfolded a 13.7 billion naira yearly free education policy for primary and Secondary Schools students in the state.
The State Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced the policy at the end of three-day retreat for Commissioners and Special Advisers in the state at the Fifth Chukker Polo Ground, along Kaduna-Saminaka Express Way.
He said the policy has taken away the burden of tuition fees, school uniforms, feeding at the state boarding schools and other sundry charges from parents every year.
El-Rufai who warned that any principal who collect any form of fees from parents would be dealt with, described as fraudulent the 3.7 billion naira allegedly spent on school fees by the immediate past PDP government in the state.
The governor explained that about 9 billion naira would be spent for standadized three sets of school uniforms for 1.1 million pupils in primary schools and other materials to make learning easy for them, while about 3.7 billion naira would be spent on fees and feeding for over 3,780 Junior Secondary Schools students across the state.
The governor said government has reviewed upward the standard and quality of foods being given to students, saying that the cost of meal per student has gone up from 11 naira per meal to 61 naira.
He added that the state would be paying about 200 million naira per term as school fees for students, while government supplement for feeding in boarding schools would gulp 200 million naira per term as well.
According to the governor about 5,000 local tailors would be engaged to produce the single type uniforms for all the schools in the state, noting that the idea was to create jobs for local entrepreneurs in Kaduna state.
He added that community leaders would form part of the schools managements.
He said an extra-ordinary meeting of the state executive council also took place during the retreat where the council approved a memorandum on the creation of the Kaduna Geographical Information Service to replace all the works of the Ministry of Land and Survey.
“Similar to what I did in Abuja, it will be a one-man stop agency for effective service delivery and I can assure you that all who have lands in Kaduna will be given evidence of ownership or title within one and half years, ” Governor EL-Rufai said.
He said the Council also approved a memo on the merger of ministries from 25 to 13 and would soon send a bill to the state Assembly regarding the issue, stating that it is obvious that some staff of the state government would be redeployed to Schools to teach, while others would go to local government to strengthen its work force.
El-Rufai who said henceforth the state budgets would be presented to the people at Town Meeting to enable the citizen participate in it preparation before sending it to the state assembly, also said that the 2014 reversed Kaduna Master Plan was discussed and adopted by the Council and would be sent to the assembly for legal backing soon.
He assured that Kaduna state would follow the path and landmarks of progressive leadership as represented by the All Progressive Congress, APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that transparency, accountability, strict adherence to ethics and values, integrity, openness and high sense of responsibility would be the watch words of his administration.