The Yobe State Government has announced that 10% of employees’ basic salaries will be deducted as a contribution to the education recovery appeal fund in November.
Mohammed Lamin, the Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information, and Culture, who is also the Chairman of the Yobe Education Recovery Appeal Fund’s Sub-Committee, revealed this to journalists in Damaturu on Monday, November 22.
He claimed that the state’s devastating effects of the Boko Haram insurgency compelled it to start fundraising for education recovery.
The commissioner also appealed to Civil Servants, whom he described as “key stakeholders,” to contribute 10% of their basic salaries toward meeting the goal.
“It is critical to state here that it is our collective responsibility as a people to educate our citizens. In this regard, the government believes that, in addition to reaching out to people outside the state, civil servants in the state should make a small contribution to the program by donating 10% of their basic salary in November 2021 to the scheme.
“As a result of this briefing, civil servants have been informed that the deduction will only be for the month of November 2021,” he said.
Mohammed Lamin also stated that it is no longer news that the ten-year insurgency has had a negative impact on the citizens’ lives. “The devastation it has inflicted on the state’s educational system and structures is overwhelming, and any responsible government must pay attention.”
He noted that this drew Governor Mai Mala Buni’s compassionate attention, prompting her to declare a state of emergency on education after taking the oath of office in 2019.
“Gentlemen of the press, some of you have been in the state since the beginning of the dreadful phenomenon known as insurgency, which has destroyed everything about our educational systems, including our children’s and parents’ psyches.”
“Our communities are dotted with school-aged children who have been destroyed and parents who have a lukewarm attitude toward education.
“Similarly, the state’s performance on the national education index has been dismal. On the education index, Yobe has always been at the bottom. This is not a good profile to have.
“As a result, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mai Mala Buni’s administration believes that the appropriate steps must be taken to address this terrible trend in our educational system, hence the declaration of an education emergency and the implementation of subsequent policies and programs that will bail the state out of this quagmire,” he said.