The Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has said that the state government had within the past four years spent over N20bn for the development of the education sector in the state.
He made the disclosure when the Vice-Chancellor UniMaid, Prof. Ibrahim A Njodi accompanied by top management staff of the university paid him a courtesy call at the Government House in Gombe.
According to the Governor, the amount was used for the provision of infrastructure, renovation and building of new schools, provision of furniture for both primary, secondary and higher institutions in the state adding that to further boost the educational advancement of the sector over 3000 graduates and NCE holders were employed to teach in the state.
Dankwambo said the government has contracted book publishers for the provision of text books and other writing materials for pupils in the state free of charge stressing that government has also reviewed the curricula of schools in the state to keep abreast with modern trend in studies and meet the needs of the state.
Notwithstanding the existence of the state university, the governor said, a state polytechnic and college of education have also been established for technical and middle manpower requirements of the , adding that a school of Islamic studies and a bible school will soon be opened while a school of journalism is also in the pipeline.
He thanked both past and present Vice-Chancellors of the University of Maiduguri for their contribution towards the development of Gombe State educationally and administratively and directed the immediate resumption of the remedial programme, immediate provision of an administrative building for the take-off of the Distance Learning programme and assured of either laying the foundation stone or commissioning of a project on the day of the Anniversary Celebrations.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of Unimaid, Prof. Ibrahim A Njodi told the Governor that the visit is to further strengthen the partnership existing between the catchment states and the institution.
He also intimated him on the need to support the University towards the up-coming 22nd combined convocation ceremony and 40th Anniversary Celebrations and solicited for the allocation of a piece of land for the take-off of the first outreach Centre for Distance Learning, Remedial Programme under a special arrangement of the state.
Prof Njodi, who also thanked Dankwambo for the contributions to education, said he would rather forge ahead than dwell on all the bitter experiences prior to his appointment.

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