The Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has sworn in a new member of Katsina state executive council.
He is Dr Badamasi Lawal Charanchi who until now was the special adviser to the Governor on Higher Education.
Speaking shortly after administering of oath of office and allegiance, Governor Aminu Masari explained that the new commissioner was the chairman of education committee of the Restoration Agenda during the APC campaign in 2014/5.
He said the new commissioner was appointed to consolidate on the gains in the education sub sector through ensuring the employment, training and retraining of teachers in the state.
READ ALSO: Masari sacks Katsina Commissioner of Education
Governor Aminu Masari lamented that the directive for the numerous directors in the ministry to be posted as classroom teachers was not adhered to as he is yet to receive a report to that effect.
Alhaji Aminu Masari explained that directors in the state ministry of health who are consultants do still practice in hospitals across the state and wondered why directors in state ministry of education would sit in the office without proper scheduled of duty.
He therefore directed the new commissioner to channel all his energy towards boosting the capacity of teachers in the state.
Governor Aminu announced that 5000 teachers are to be recruited in the first quarter of 2018 to enhance teaching in primary and secondary schools.
He said 80% of schools have been renovated but said the restoration of education agenda has just started.
The swearing in ceremony was attended by the Deputy Governor, the secretary to the government of the state, the head of service, some members of the state house of assembly, some members of the state executive council, the academia, politicians and members of the public.