The Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA) has called for the recruitment of more teachers to support the public primary school system in the state.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Danladi Jatau, said the call is a result of the pressing need to address the vacancies left unfilled due to retirements, deaths and other circumstances in the state.
Jatau made the call during an oversight function conducted at the Headquarters of the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in Lafia on Monday.
The House Committee’s visit aimed to assess the performance of the Board’s 2023 budget and address any challenges that may arise.
During the oversight function, it was revealed that a significant number of teaching positions, amounting to 3,700 vacancies remained unoccupied in primary schools across the state due to teacher retirements, deaths, and other factors.
The NSHA said it was necessary to recruit more primary school teachers to bridge the gap created and ensure the continuity of quality education in the state.
Danladi drew attention to the crucial role of primary education in fostering a strong foundation for all education, saying, “No society will achieve speedy development without sound education, especially primary education which is the foundation of all education.”
The committee also issued a directive to the local government authorities, particularly the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, to relinquish their involvement in the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries.
It instructed them to entrust the responsibility to the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to enhance service delivery efficiency.
Jatau further instructed the board to revoke any contracts awarded to contractors who have not commenced work in primary schools across the state.
The committee expressed its intention to personally inspect the 137 contracts being executed by SUBEB in the state to ensure that the vital projects progress effectively, saying that the contractors cannot hold the state to ransom.
The committee chairman assured the board of the House’s commitment to addressing any challenges they may encounter. He hailed Governor Abdullahi Sule for his dedication to the education sector and encouraged its continued support.