His Excellency, Alh. Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, whose one of his major vision when he was elected and took over the mantle of leadership as the Executive Governor of Gombe State, was to strengthen the education sector, which was at the verge of collapse.
Not only the educational standard was at its lowest ebb, but also basic infrastructures needed to enhance teaching and learning for both teachers, pupils and students were either in dilapidated states nor not place in most cases.
The situation was so alarming that His Excellency had no other options but to declare a state of emergency in the education sector which is the most important sector. A committee was however setup to look at ways and means on how to resuscitate the ailing and fast decaying condition of the sector and not sooner than the committee submitted its report that a new Schools Universal Basic Education Board known as SUBEB was inaugurated, with a clear mandate to meet headlong in ensuring its rapid resuscitation.
The Schools Universal Basic Education Board under the unrelenting leadership of its Executive Chairman Mr. Babadidi and ably assisted by Dr. Shu’aibu Umar, PM 1, Dr. Abdullahi Abubakar Kumo, PM 2 and my humble self set to work, with the primary objective of breathing fresh impetus into the realm of activities in the education sector.
It should however be concurred that nothing would be achieved if structures were left in dilapidated form because both teaching and learning would not be conducive, therefore with this in mind, an inspection team was appointed to go round all primary and secondary schools in the eleven local government areas and assess the true condition of things and quickly report back.
It was then discovered that most schools especially those in rural areas were in abject neglected forms and needed immediate rehabilitation, which necessitated the Board to as a matter of great urgency, awarded contracts to competent contractors for quick intervention and subsequent rehabilitation of all the affected schools.
For example, the Primary School in Dudei had no existing structures for comfortable teaching and learning. Most sympathetic, was that maize and guinea corn sticks were erected, known as “Gidan Kara” which served as makeshift classrooms, but with the quick intervention of SUBEB working on clear directives, as mandated by His Excellency Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, parents, teachers and pupils now have a clear reason to smile, because modern school structure has since took over, which was constructed within shortest possible time, coupled with new classroom desks and sundry furniture to match. Teachers and pupils can now sit comfortably under good structure, away from either the blazing sun, harmattan cold or rain when either season begins.