By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government is to construct 12 new secondary schools across the three senatorial districts of the state to promote and develop the education sector, Governor Bala Mohammed has revealed.
Speaking while inspecting a 40-year old secondary school renovated at Katagum, headquarters of Zaki Local Government Area of the state during his projects inspection tour, the governor said that already twelve other secondary schools are being renovated.
He recalled that the Government Secondary School, Katagum was constructed by the first civilian governor of the state, late Abubakar Tatari Ali in 1981, disclosing that the government spent the sum of N350 million in renovating the school.
Senator Bala Mohammed commended the first civilian governor of the state, Late Abubakar Tatari Ali for the various legacy projects he executed in various parts of Bauchi state during his tenure, describing him as a leader worthy of emulation.
Mohammed, who noted that education is the pillar of any development project, said his administration accorded priority to education for the grooming of future leaders in the state.
The Governor has earlier revoked contract for the renovated of Katagum district head, Alhaji Usman Mahmoud for half-hazard execution of the project despite the cost payment of 100 percent, in addition to variation which was also paid by the government.
Senator Mohammed who revealed that the project contractor was a leader in the hierarchy of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said that the government was taken aback by the contractor whose negative tendencies have even been decried by his people in the LGA.
Governor Mohammed, while explaining that the project would soon be re-awarded to a competent contractor, recalled that similar projects of Toro and Warji District Head’s palace awarded at the same time with Katagum have already been completed according to their specifications.