How Sokoto Emerged As The First State In Nigeria To Initiate Bill For Right To Education

The entrance to the Sultan's palace, Sokoto, Nigeria

The Commissioner of Justice, Suleiman Usman, while speaking to reporters in the state capital said, “Sokoto will be the first state in Nigeria to provide right to education, thereby bringing it in comformity with status of fundamental objective and directive principle of state policy under chapter two of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.”

The Sokoto State Government has become the first state in Nigeria to initiate the Right to Education Bill 2016 in recognition and protection of the rights of children between six and 18 years to education in the state.

The Bill is one of the major components of the policy on the state of emergency in the education sector declared in the state in December 2015.

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He added that it would consolidate the declaration of emergency in education by the administration in concrete terms.

Usman described the Bill as one of the major achievements of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal administration, adding that in view of the high premium the administration  had given to rural transformation and delivery of social services to the people especially at the grassroots,  the Social and Community Development Agency Bill 2016 has also been initiated by the Executive and is before the state House of Assembly.

“This Bill seeks to create a Social and Community Development Agency ‎for the execution of social and community development projects throughout Sokoto state,” he explained.


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