Governor Umaru Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state has presented the 2020 budget with its main focus on fostering economic growth of the state from its laudable programmes and projects.
The Governor who made the presentation at the state’s assembly said that this would impact positively on the socio- economic development of the people in line with the policy objective of transforming the state.
He said the Proposed 2020 Annual Budget had been carefully articulated to attain faster economic development of the State, finance both Recurrent and Capital Development Programmes in the State in the 2020 fiscal year.
In the 2020 Appropriation Bill, tagged the “Budget of Rebirth,” the Governor pledged his government’s commitment to accord topmost priority to the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.
He also emphasised that his government had from the inception pronounced Free Education and taken off the burden of tuition and all forms of fees from parents and guardians in the entire Government Secondary Schools in the State.
Fintiri said that the on-going free feeding in all schools in the state would be sustained, while mandating principals to instil discipline and close monitoring of academic activities on all students residing in the compound in boarding schools.
He equally warned that any principal found wanting in the administration of the new feeding programme would be disciplined adding that other supportive programmes from the Federal Government would enhance the standards of schools, teachers and students in the state.
Governor Fintiri also said a team of experts on education had been deployed to schools acoss the state to ascertain the stage of the infrastructure and the scope of their dilapidation, for immediate attention by Government in the 2020 fiscal year.
He said his administration would establish two special schools in each Senatorial Zone next year, in order to breed future professionals and that by 2021, all government junior boarding schools would be de-boarded.
The Adamawa State Governor said the policy would lessen the burden on Government, through the current free feeding programme in the state, but that the government was highly encouraging full-fledged boarding for all government Senior Secondary Schools, so as to instil discipline and the zeal of learning spirit on the students in the state.