Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has expressed commitment to making public schools in the state highly competitive as their private school counterparts.
This is as he declared free education in public schools, as an effort towards ensuring quality education is provided for residents of the state.
Mr Fintiri said this in Yola, the state capital during a meeting with a former gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in 2019 elections, Abdulaziz Nyako at the Government House.
He added plans to fully resume school feeding programme in boarding schools across the state.
According to the governor, nine schools were already benefiting from his government’s feeding programme, which he intends extending to all the 52 schools in the state by September this year.
“As from September, parents would no longer pay school fees,” Fintiri, a former state legislator said.
“Our plan is to make sure that government schools can compete with private schools in quality of education in the state.
“We are also going to recover all school lands encroached on by some people,” Fintiri maintained.
Earlier, Mr Nyako, said he and his team were on solidarity visit to identify with the role the governor is playing in carrying his activities, to better the lot of the people of the state.
Nyako urged the governor to resuscitate skill acquisition program introduced by his father and ex-Governor, Murtala Nyako administration for youth and women empowerment in the state.
“We need to address the issue of poverty which goes hand in hand with insecurity.
“When you were the Speaker of Adamawa Assembly the then Governor Murtala Nyako with the support of the legislative arm introduced special policies of grassroots empowerment that was effective then and need to be revived.
“ADC as a party want to assure you of support; we will not heat up the polity for you,” Nyako added.