By Abbas Bamalli
The Katsina State Executive Council has approved the purchase of 359,000 copies of teaching materials for primary schools in the state’s 34 local government areas.
State Commissioner for Education, Professor Badamasi Lawal, told reporters on Wednesday in Katsina at the end of the state executive council meeting.
According to him, the teaching materials, worth N302. 28 million, will be distributed to 2,612 primary schools.
Badamasi said the course materials included a lesson plan and grades, admission log, ongoing student assessment logs and work schedule.
“The sum of N302,287,399.77 has been approved for the purchase and distribution of the above mentioned teaching materials.
“The approval followed the earlier request by the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Lawal Buhari, on the need to procure additional learning materials,” the commissioner said.
He assured that more teaching materials will be provided to schools to improve teaching and learning.
Similarly, the governor’s special adviser for agriculture, Dr Abba Abdullahi, said the council had also approved measures, including the completion of some projects, to reduce post-harvest losses as in 2021.
He explained that during the 2021 rainy season, about 1,754,050 metric tons of grain was lost due to climate change which led to shortage of rainfall in the state.
The Governor’s aide revealed that more than 60% of farmers in the state were affected.
“We discussed this at the meeting and some strategic steps were taken to see how to mitigate future occurrences.
“The completion of the projects was approved as part of measures to ensure that farmers are informed in time of these climate changes,” he said. (NOPE)