The Bauchi state government under the leadership of Mohammed Abubakar, the governor, says it has the highest budget allocation for education in the country.
Ali M Ali, special adviser to the governor on media and strategy, disclosed this during a recent a media tour in the state.
Out of the 26 percent the United Nations (UN) recommended for education, Bauchi has been able to achieve 20%.
Ali said the development yielded an impact in the rise of the percentage of passes in WAEC and NECO, from a dismal three percent in 2015 to 27 percent in 2017.
The government also said it had constructed over 400 kilometres of roads, 10,000 classrooms and rehabilitated the Bauchi Fertiliser Company.
Some of the projects inspected were Government Girls Secondary School, Soro, Ganjuwa LGA, an area where Boko Haram insurgents attacked in the past, Misau– Udubo – Gamawa road construction, with two standard bridges; Primary Health Center, Madachi, Katagum LGA, fully-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment; solar-powered boreholes and renovation of Government Girls College, Special School, Kafin Madaki, Ganjuwa LGA.
The Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA), which tuition-free, is one of the places the reporters visited. It currently has more than 170 students.
One of the projects the current administration pride itself in is the revamping of Bauchi Fertilizer Company.
A source of IGR for the state, the company also provides job to hundreds of youths.
Addressing journalists during a visit to the plant, the executive chairman, Aliyu Misau said the company plans to operate on a 24-hour basis to meet fertilizer needs of farmers.
“Our goal is to do much this year so we can meet the fertiliser needs of farmers in the entire northern states,” Misau said.
The company currently provides fertiliser to Gombe, a neighbouring state.
The team also inspected projects across the state.