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Kano State builds 2,000 homes for teachers

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Ganduje aims to attract people into the teaching profession with state housing.

In an effort to improve and attract more people to pursue careers in teaching, Governor Abdulahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has announced that his administration will be constructing houses for the state’s teachers. The governor revealed the information as he opened the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) delegates conference, a two-day event held in Kano state, the northwestern part of Nigeria. The conference is themed “Conflict-Sensitive Reporting And Nigerian Journalism.” It was attended by about 300 delegates.

He told the gathering that more than 2,000 homes had been finished and that President Muhammadu Buhari would commission about 750 of them during his trip to the state. The homes won’t be given free, according to Ganduje, but the state government would establish the proper environments through the banks so that the teachers could acquire them. In an effort to improve the quality of education in the state, he also announced that the retirement age for teachers had been raised from 60 to 65 years.

Teachers can now further their education to improve the sector.

Similarly, he revealed that the state government had permitted its teachers to further their education in a bid to improve both their qualifications and the standard of education in the state. He added that the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) is now the prerequisite for becoming a teacher in the state. He applauded the NUJ for choosing Kano as the conference location, calling it both Nigeria’s most peaceful state and the commercial hub of the North and also some African nations.

Ganduje remarked that his government had fostered a free atmosphere for freedom of opinion and had maintained cordial working relationships with working journalists as well as the media. In addition to the standardizing of the union’s Conference Hall, he said that the state government had built some stores inside the NUJ Secretariat which serve as a source of funding for the union as part of effort to strengthen the connection between the two parties.

The governor’s effort in the media industry receives commendation.

In his address, Malam Muhammad Garba, The commissioner for information and internal affairs for the state, praised Governor Ganduje for his dedication to enhancing the well-being of journalists and the journalism industry as a whole. The former NUJ president, who has served for two terms, said that the governor had made every effort to promote the development of the industry in the state, noting, among other actions, the enhancement of the state-owned media, including Radio Kano and also Abubakar Rimi Television and the revival of the Triumph Publishing Company.

Furthermore, Chief Chris Isiguzo, President of the NUJ and Chief Host of the conference, expressed gratitude to the governor for his monetary assistance and attendance at the event. He said that he was the event’s special guest of honour and that without his monetary assistance and attendance, the event would not have been as appealing and thrilling as it was. Furthermore, his help and generosity will be remembered fondly for a very long time.

Funds were released for the improvement of the state media.

Additionally, the governor said that the government had authorized funding for the acquisition of a coding machine for the Triumph Publishing Company, which is owned by that state, in preparation for a likely return to daily newspapers publishing, including the Triumph, Sunday Triumph, Weekend Triumph, Alfijir, and Albishir. Similarly, he stated that the government had digitized the state-owned Abubakar Rimi Television by supplying and installing cutting-edge technology and that Radio Kano’s studios had been adequately furnished with modern transmission devices.

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