Over Ten Thousand Primary and Junior Secondary School Teachers are to benefit from the planned motorcycle by the Niger state government to enable the teachers access to places that are believed to be hard-to-reach.
Speaking on the development, Hajiya Fatima Madugu, the state Commissioner of Education, said that the state Governor, Abubakar Bello gave the approval N2 billion for the procurement of the motorcycles.
She went further to explained that the N2 billion was a loan obtained from the United Bank for Africa (UBA) by Niger State Universal Basic Education (N-SUBEB) to be used for procurement of motorcycles for the beneficiary teachers.
Madugu said that each teacher would be given a motorcycle loan of over N200,000 at interest of 21 per cent, payable within 18 months.
“All arrangements have been concluded and disbursement will commence soon. The motorcycles are to make movement easier for teachers to have access to hard-to-reach areas.
“The selection was carefully done. Teachers who are already indebted to banks are not among the beneficiaries,” she said.
Niger State has some 3,166 primary schools and 460 junior secondary schools, spread across hard-to-reach areas.
Madugu said that all necessary processes had been concluded between the state Ministry of Education, N-SUBEB and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), which is the umbrella body of teachers in the state.
She advised the beneficiaries to make effective use of the motorcycles to discharge their duties diligently.