From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
No fewer than 19 persons are being screened by a special committee set up by the Kaduna State Government for the position of Education Secretary for Kagarko Local Government Area in Kaduna State.
Similarly, no fewer than nine applicants were screened for the same position for Jema’a Local Government Area of the State. It will be recalled that recently, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, declared a state of emergency in the education sector with the sole aim of revamping the sector in order to restore its lost glory. For these reasons, five-man screening committees were set up to screen applicants for the position in each Local Government.
As of yesterday evening, it was gathered that 19 applicants faced the Screening Committee in Kagarko Local Government, while nine were screened in Jema’a LGA for the post of Education Secretary. Because of the number of applicants involved, they were subjected to written examination and oral interview for the posts in both local governments by the screening committee headed by Mr. Inuwa Baliago, an educationist and retired Permanent Secretary with the state government with Col. Boman Kachim (rtd), Mr. Yohanna Chindo, Mr. Solomon Kurali retired educationist, while Alhaji Shehu Rufai served as secretary for Jema’a Local Government Screening Committee.
The Screening Committee for Kagoro Local Government was headed by Mr. Adamu Atama, a retired Permanent Secretary, with Alhaji Kabir Mohammed Isahg, Malam Jaafaru Abdullahi Mohammed, Mr. Samuel George Kindo and a representative of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) as members.
Speaking on Tuesday, while inaugurating the Screening Committee for Kagarko Local Government, the Chairman Interim Management Council, Alhaji Shehu Musa Tafa, charged members to be above board by placing collective interest of the local government above personal interest in their discharge of the task.
The interim council hairman said their selection as members of the screening committee was informed by their track record of service as seasoned civil servants and renowned educationist, hence the prospects or otherwise of the primary and other levels of education, in the locality, depend on the outcome of their assignment, adding that posterity will appreciate them, if they use their wealth of experience to shortlist three most qualified applicant for the post of education secretary for final confirmation by the Main Committee in Kaduna.
Tafa reminded members of the committee that Governor El-Rufai was determined to revamp the education sector, and has recently declared a state of emergency on the sector, therefore they should execute their assignment diligently.
Responding, the Screening Committee Chairman, Mr. Adamu Atama, appreciated the Interim Management Council and the Kaduna State Government for the Confidence reposed in them, assuring that the committee will be committed to the assignment devoid of personal desires to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Similarly Dr. Bege Katuka, the Interim Council Chairman, Jema’a Local Government, told the Screening Committee that their appointment was based on merit and trust, therefore they should not let the people of the area and the state government down. He said education was key to the development of every sector, hence they should screen the three applicants that merit the position to be forwarded to the government.
Responding on behalf of the Screening Committee, Mr. Inuwa Bahago thanked the Interim Council and the Kaduna State Government for confidence reposed in them, promising to do justice to the assignment.