Kaduna: Home of Human Capital Development


By Ibraheem Musa

Precisely, Professor Gary  Becker, the American Academic,  pioneered it at the Chicago School of Economics but the theory has cascaded down from the Ivory Tower. Besides, it has transformed into a policy of universal utility.

 Becker, in his postulate, had propounded the concept of Human Capital Development in the 1950s.  Initially, it focused on firms and how skills,  education, and capacity building can improve productivity and the local economy in general.  However, the study now transcends the industry, as governments have embraced its broad principles. Indeed, the  Kaduna State Government, led by Senator Uba Sani, has incorporated Human Capital Development in its SUSTAIN agenda. So far, it has matched words with action, boosted school enrolment figures, flagged skills acquisition centers, and empowered youths with digital skills.  

Last August, the  Senator Uba Sani administration, owing to public outcry, had slashed school fees in all state-owned tertiary institutions. At once, the downward review improved access won the hearts and minds of the  Government, and raised the bar of Human Capital Development to boot.  However, Kaduna State University (KASU), unknown to the Governor,  had been charging levies and students bore the brunt.  Last Monday, he put a stop to it, gave clear directives, and issued a stern warning to the  KASU management.

Significantly, on the campaign trail, the school fees hike was a constant complaint from constituents, and the gubernatorial candidate, Senator Uba Sani, promised to review the policy.  The Governor,   on assuming office,    set a machinery in motion and  84 days later, the various fees were reviewed downwards. Students of  KASU, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, and College of Education, Gidan Waya, including those of Shehu Idris College of Health Science and Technology, Makarfi, went wild with jubilation following the announcement.


Accordingly, KASU’s school fees were slashed, in the downward review, from N150,000 to N105,000 per semester. Similarly, the fees of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, a Zaria-based institution, were reduced from N100,000  to N50,000. In addition, the College of Education, Gidan Waya, now charges N37,500 instead of   N75,000 per semester. Likewise, students of Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences, across all courses,  enjoy a new fee regime. Indeed, charges for  Higher National Diploma courses were reduced from N100,000  to N70,000, while  National Diploma students now pay N52,000 instead of N75,000.

Similarly, four days afterward,  the education sector got another boost, when the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board, on August 25,  released N205 million to various tertiary institutions across the country. The sum, according to the  Executive Secretary,  represented the tuition fees of students on scholarship. In fact, Bayero University Kano received N25 million, in fulfillment of an MoU,   for the student’s tuition fees till their graduation. Likewise, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,  got  N27 million while KASU received N88.63 million.

Interestingly, Senator Uba Sani’s laser beam focus, in the last eight months, was also trained on   Basic Education as both primary and secondary schools are under his radar. In fact,  a two-story building, comprising 12 classrooms, has been built at  Malali, a sprawling neighborhood within the Kaduna metropolis. Indeed, the imposing structure has ample space,   modern facilities, and sundry conveniences, conducive to learning.

Besides, the Governor has built 2,336 new classrooms, renovated 707 others, and provided 3,704 and 30,742  furniture, for teachers and pupils respectively. Similarly, the Kaduna State Government, in all local governments,  has sunk 51 boreholes and provided 918 cubicle toilets for both pupils’ and teachers’ use.  Likewise, it plans to provide free 247, 136 school bags,  290, 802 uniforms, 247, 136 shoes, including  3,358 tablets,  as well as 447,689 exercise books for pupils across the three senatorial districts.

Significantly, Senator Uba Sani is also focused on filling the skills gaps of Kaduna citizens.  Last December, he performed groundbreaking ceremonies, in both Rigachukun and Samarun Kataf,  for the construction of Kaduna State Vocational and Technology Skills City. The project, when completed,  will reskill and upskill  Kaduna citizens, to handle technical and technology-related tasks across private and public sectors.

No doubt, Kaduna State is the Centre of Learning, with an avalanche of tertiary institutions, military Academies, and madrasa for  Islamic education, located in Zaria, Kaduna, and Kafanchan. However, Senator Uba Sani intends to move it a notch higher, at the rate he is going, to the Home of Human Capital Development in Nigeria.

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