To show further commitment and optimal display of political will towards effective implementation of the just pronounced free and compulsory basic and post-primary education in Kano state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje strengthens the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) through his approval for the appointment of Baffa Saleh Muhammad as the Secretary of the Board.
An educationist par excellence who rose from classroom teacher with the Government Secondary Commercial School, Wudil, since 1985 up to Director School Services of SUBEB and recently held the position of an acting Executive Chairman of the Board before the recent appointment of Dr Danlami Hayyo as its substantive Executive Chairman.
The new Secretary passed through ranks like Senior Master, Administration, Vice Principal, Principal four times, from 1991 to 2000, Education Secretary with Ajingi Local Government Education Authority, 2000 to 2001, State Inspector of Primary Education Board 2001 to 2004, among other related areas.
Governor Ganduje was aware and convinced that, somebody who held the positions of Senior Staff Inspector, Assistant Chief Inspector of Education/ Curriculum Development, Zonal Coordinator Municipal Zonal Office,
Deputy Director Junior Secondary School SUBEB and Director School Services and who was never found wanting, is in the best material to reposition basic and post basic (JSS) education in line with government policy for quality assurance.
Free and compulsory education together with the administration's resolve to remodel Almajiri system of education need vibrant, strong and tested hands so as to create a corridor for capturing valid and reliable data base that can
"...support or inform policies and decisions aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of schools," as the new Secretary may explain.
For quality assurance and effective and efficient delivery the newly appointed Secretary believes that, the central aim for optimal result is to "...ascertain the extent to which the approved curriculum is operational in schools and the extent to which the started objectives are being achieved."
Strengthening institutions, as Ganduje believes, is a fundamental pillar in achieving the desired objectives. This and other factors were what influenced his right decision in choosing the newly appointed Secretary of the Board (SUBEB).
The letter of appointment that was issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, through the Permanent Secretary, Research, Evaluation and Political Affairs (REPA) Directorate, Bilkisu Shehu Maimota, gives clearer picture of Ganduje's resolve to approve the appointment of SUBEB Secretary, Muhammad.
The letter reads "Pursuant to the commitment of the present administration at repositioning government agencies, parastatals and institutions towards enhancing effective service delivery and sustainable development, for the Next Level, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has approved your appointment as Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), with effect from 21st July, 2019."
It explains further that, "It is pertinent to indicate that your appointment into this exalted position of trust and confidence was made upon careful assessment of your credentials, competence, track record of performance, dedication to duty, vast experience, patriotic disposition, loyalty as well as tremendous contributions towards the development of our dear state."
Appointments like this shows how serious and committed governor Ganduje is in reshaping and re-dedicating efforts towards successful implementation of free and compulsory education. It also tells much in how meticulous he is before making appointments, into his second tenure.
Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor