Kano State Deputy Governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, who also doubles as Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, was ably represented by the Executive Secretary Science and Technical Schools Board, Alhaji Ahmed Tijani Abdullahi, at the commissioning of the block of classrooms, library, laboratory, toilets and boreholes built and donated by Maltina Group of Companies under Nigerian Breweries Plc.
Abdullahi revealed that “The Kano State Government decided to award Nigerian Breweries Plc for its support in education,” pointing that “the company, in 2014, also built and donated similar projects at Government Secondary School, Bachirawa, and today, we are also commissioning another gigantic block of class rooms with state-of-the-art facilities, libraries well equipped, laboratories and toilets. Like I said, this award is for their support for human development, especially in a crucial sector like education.”
Abdullahi also stated that the state has been lucky to get 125 of such donations from individuals, students’ associations, PTA and corporate bodies. “We have received 53 donations from individuals, 30 from students’ associations, 25 from Parents/Teachers’ Associations (PTA), and 17 from corporate bodies, numbering 125.”
He further reiterated the commitment of the Ganduje-led administration in ensuring “education for all” through continued partnership with individuals, corporate bodies and groups, stressing that the partnership with corporate bodies like Nigerian Breweries Plc has reduced the congestion of pupils/students in classrooms from 90 to 40 per class, with more quality of learning materials.
Speaking earlier, the guest lecturer, Professor Kamilu Sani, who is a professor of Political Science, said, “Government must declare a state-of-emergency in education, since the quality and standard of education has fallen.”
According to him, “Education is the bedrock for development; Nigeria as a country has remained underdeveloped because of poor education standard. In the 1970s, places like Dubai were looking up to Nigeria, but now the reverse is the case, since Nigerians now set Dubai as target for themselves.”
Speaking at the event, Managing Director Nigerian Breweries Plc, Nicolaas Vervelde, who was represented by the Public Affairs Manager (North), Mr. Danjuma John-Ekele, said “We are proud to be a veritable partner to Kano State. Kano is special to us – supporting us towards achieving our business success.
Kano is home to Maltina in the North; and this year, we are having our third straight educational project in Kano, with the first in Government Secondary School, Bachirawa, Ungogo Local Government, in 2014; Government Girls Secondary School, Badawa, in 2015 and, today, Government Technical College – our premier technical school destination in Northern Nigeria.
“We have gathered here today at GTC Kano to commission and handover the school structures provided by Nigerian Breweries Plc.”