Education: Kaduna to execute N33b capital projects in 2018

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The Kaduna State Government plans to spend N33 billion on capital projects in the education sector in 2018.

TBI Africa reports that the figure is contained in the state’s 2018 budget obtained from state Planning and Budget Commission. The document indicated that the amount was however lower than the N44.8 billion budgeted for the sector in 2017.

A breakdown of the figure shows that N20 billion would go to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and N13 billion to State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and tertiary institutions.

The ministry is expected to spend N6.3 billion on school feeding programme in public primary schools, Islamiyya, and Quranic schools, as well as the 31 boarding secondary schools in the state.

TBI Africa reports that the N6.3 billion was less than the N14.7 billion allocated to the programme in 2017.

According to the document, primary and secondary school rebuilding and equipping programme would gulp N5 billion, while the Global Partnership for Education was allocated N1.9 billion as against N2 billion in 2017.

The document indicated also that the education ministry in partnership with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) would spend N761.7 million on the construction of six science secondary schools in the state.

Also in the document, N1 billion would be spent on supply of furniture in secondary schools across the state and N511 million on the provision of school uniforms.

“N377 million was earmarked for teacher development programme, a joint project with United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).

“Procurement of science equipment will cost N177.8 million, N400 million for procurement of books, and N2.3 billion for fencing of government-owned facilities.

“N138 million was allocated for the construction of computer laboratories and supply of 20 desktop computers each to 50 secondary schools. N50.2 million was set aside for development of three Computer Based Test centres, one each in the three senatorial districts,’’ the document added.

According to the document, N50 million will be spent on the supply and installation of LGP tanks, burners, and industrial boiling pans in 29 boarding secondary schools.

It also indicated that N14 million was allocated for the construction and equipping of a multipurpose workshop at the headquarters of the education ministry.

“N65.5 million was allocated for development of web portal for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and multi media/video conference centre.

“Development of scientific glass technology got N2.5 million; while technology-based school management solution services got N120 million.’’

For tertiary institutions, the budget provided N2.1 billion to Kaduna  State University (KASU); N1.5 billion to College of Education, Gidan Waya; N670 million to Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria and N110 million to College of Midwifery, Kaduna.

Other capital allocations include N113 million to Shehu Idris College of Health and Science Technology and N182 million to the State College of Nursing and Midwifery.