Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday said his government would soon commence the arrest and prosecution of parents who allow their children to engage in street trading rather than being in school.
The governor said the arrests would take effect once the full implementation of the free primary and secondary education policy in the state takes effect.
While declaring a state of emergency in the education sector after unveiling a new logo for Kaduna Mr. El-Rufai said, “We shall soon commence free feeding of primary school in January, 2016 as soon as it is captured in the 2016 budget. The increase in the number of students enrollment has also made us to introduce morning and afternoon shift in our schools.”
He added: “Measurement of uniform for both primary and secondary schools has commenced. After all these, parents have no excuse to allow their children and ward to hawk. We shall also commence prosecuting erring parents.
“Whatever we spend on education we shall see its effect in 20 years.”
Mr El-Rufai had before his election declared that his children would also attend public schools.
During the Town Hall meeting, the governor, lamented that the state could not fill its admission quota at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
He said theTown Hall Meeting would be convened every month in order to give people the opportunity to ask questions and to advice government on the way forward for the state.
In his opening remarks, Uba Sani, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Affairs, said government was not about giving people money or building castle in the air.
“Good work will always be noticed and appreciated despite those who want the state to remain backward,” Mr. Sani said.
He spoke of the need to have a new face for Kaduna “from the one that was destroyed by the misrule of the PDP in the state”.
“With the unveiling of the new logo, the state will no longer use the Federal Government logo,” he said.