Only qualified teachers will teach in Borno ― Gov. Zulum

We want to ensure that we have the correct teachers to graduate qualified pupils from our schools,’’ Zulum said.
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno (right) inspecting one of the rehabilitated water projects (Photo: Zulum Door To Door Campaign Organisation Forum)

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has said that only qualified teachers of primary and secondary schools will be allowed to teach in the state.

Zulum made that known during a media chat on Sunday in Maiduguri to mark his one year in office.

He said his administration had set up a committee to review teachers' credentials and productivity and weed out the unqualified ones.

“If we are to maintain some of the unqualified teachers, then we have to post them to some other places.

“We want to ensure that we have the correct teachers to graduate qualified pupils from our schools,’’ Zulum said.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that education was among Zulum-led administration's 10-point agenda.

The governor said his administration had carried out 76 educational projects during the year, including the building of 23 mega-schools and the renovation of several other schools.

He explained that most schools , especially high schools, were technical colleges to allow students to acquire technical skills to fit into the labor market.

“We want to promote hygiene, technical and vocational education, quality of our teachers and also maintain reasonable teacher/pupils ratio,’’ the governor said.

He has directed the state Ministry of Health and Hospital Management Board to recruit 20 more physicians, 150 nurses and midwives in the area of health.

“They are to also to re-recruit 200 nurses and midwives all in an effort to revamp the health system.

“Our tertiary hospitals are overcrowded and the best way out is to strengthen the primary healthcare system.

“We have built 23 primary healthcare centres and we are still doing more because we want to achieve the minimum threshold as outlined by the World Health Organisation, which is having one primary healthcare per ward.

“Where we have more population we will establish more. We also constructed two maternal healthcare centres in Maiduguri for our free maternal healthcare programme as enshrined in our constitution.’’

The governor restated his administration’s plan to also expand areas of cultivation by farmers in the state this year to strengthen food security.

Zulum said his administration had provided fertiliser and other inputs.

He is also speaking to the Chief of Army Staff, who directed the military to expand the scope of agriculture activities in the state.

According to him, the Agro Rangers and Civilian Joint Task Force are also being mobilised to complement the military in protecting farmers.

In the area of potable water, the governor said that the Maiduguri Water Treatment Plant had been overhauled while 200 new boreholes were drilled and 300 others rehabilitated.

The governor noted that civil authority had been restored in many local government areas.

He added that his administration has built confidence in the citizens, particularly those affected by the insurgency in rural areas through regular visits and provision of humanitarian support them.

“I visited all the local governments, some of them three to four times to ensure stabilisation at the local government level, thereby reducing the trust deficit between the government and the people.

“It’s only when you bring the population to your side that you will win the insurgency and reduce recruitment of the locals by the insurgents,’’ Zulum said.

He urged the people of Borno, whose prayers, he said, was the magic for his administration’s performance to continue to be patient, resilient and steadfast as well as committed to transforming the state.

The governor assured that he remained committed, with his team, to continue to provide good governance.

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