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  • Updated: May 02, 2024

KABAFEST: Governor Sani unveils initiatives to upscale education sector

KABAFEST: Governor Sani unveils initiatives to upscale educa

Kaduna Governor Uba Sani has unveiled various initiatives put in place by his administration to upscale the state's education sector.

The governor who was speaking while declaring the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, KABAFEST, open on Thursday said his administration was investing in upgrading and upscaling both physical and e-libraries across the state. 

He explained that the move was meant to create an enabling environment for reading and learning.

Allnews.ng gathered that KABAFEST is an annual event which brings together literary enthusiasts, publishers, authors, readers, booksellers and other stakeholders to celebrate literature. 

Sani said: "KABAFEST remains the only state-funded festival in Nigeria, if not in sub-Saharan Africa. As a state government, we are proud to be the major partners in this great initiative. 

"I commend the organizers of KABAFEST for sustaining this event which has evolved into a beacon of cultural excellence and intellectual exchange, assembling talents from across Kaduna State, northern Nigeria and beyond."

The governor who assured of the state government's commitment to sustain funding for the festival revealed why his administration prioritized education.

He said: "Our administration has prioritized education because it is a leveller; a tool for mental and economic liberation."

Speaking on the ongoing initiative in the education sector, he revealed that the state government was building vocational and technology skills cities in Rigachikun, Samarun Kataf and Soba communities of the state. 

"We want our citizens to have the requisite skills to fill positions in the business concerns we have attracted to the state. We slashed the fees in our tertiary institutions to lessen the burden on parents and ensure that our children continue with their education uninterrupted. 

"We are massively rehabilitating and constructing classrooms in primary and secondary schools across the State. 

"We are raising the quality of our teachers through sustained training and retraining. In partnership with Google, we are training 5,000 women and girls in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Applied Digital Technology.

"To address the issue of out-of-school children in Kaduna state and improve general education infrastructure, my administration is currently implementing a massive project tagged "Reaching Out-Of-School Children".

"The project will increase access to learning opportunities, improve enrolment and ensure active participation and completion of quality primary education by all children, particularly children with disability, girls and adolescents."

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