Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC), Sokoto East Senatorial district, has explained that Sokoto state was the most educationally disadvantaged in North West Nigeria.
Speaking with reporters in Abuja, he noted that the state has no single teachers institution that would feed other tertiary institutions, adding that his bill on the establishment of Federal College of Education which has now passed second reading in the Senate was in the best interest of the people.
He added that the proposed academic institution which will be situated in Sabon-Birni, a border town in Sokoto state with Niger Republic will balance educational development for the state.
“I think what we are trying to do here is make sure that there is even development in terms of educational pursuit in Sokoto state”, he explained.
“There is Usumanu Dan Fodio University, there is Sokoto State University and the former State Polytechnic which is in the present day Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi State and the other one is in Zamfara state”.
The lawmaker emphasised that educational spread in the North East and West was not fair to Sokoto state, hence, the College of Education would train the trainers for other institutions.
He was optimistic that the location and objectives were strategic to the people, adding that the quest for tertiary education in the state was increasing.