Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Education levy: Sokoto targets N1bn annually from workers’ salaries

Over N1 billion is being targeted annually as education levy to be deducted from the salaries of public servants in Sokoto State. Governor Aminu Tambuwal said yesterday that civil servants on grade levels 1 to 6 were to pay one per cent of their basic salaries, those on 7 to 12 would pay one and a half percent and those on levels 13 to 16 would pay two per cent. He said during the inauguration of  a 27-man Education Revitalization and Strengthening Committee at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Sokoto Education Development Trust Fund (SEDTF) yesterday that the  high-powered committee under the chairmanship of the Sultan of Sokoto, was set up as part of measures being implemented under the declaration of the state of emergency on the education sector.

The Governor added that it was also part of the proactive strategies by the state government to revive education in the state following some disturbing statistics that the state still lagged behind in education. In a remark, the Sultan, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, assured that the committee would discharge its assignment without fear or favour. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the fund, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who spoke through Madawakin Gwandu, Alhaji Idris Kokomo expressed the fund’s commitment to its mandate.

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