Mon. Jun 24th, 2024
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Borno State government has said over 100 schools were built in the last five years by the present administration of Governor Babagana Zulum.

The Borno State Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation,  Engineer Lawan Wakilbe said this during the inauguration of six newly built schools by the state governor.

He said: “The state government has since 2019 under the Zulum led administration built over one hundred schools to provide access to quality education for Borno children. 

Wakilbe assued of continued unwavering  commitment towards the revamping of the education sector in Borno State.

Zulum during the commissioning said it was part of measures to boost access to quality education and reduce the number of out of school children in the state. 

The governor who also launch the distribution of back to school materials such as  Books , Uniforms , Schools bags and others items to ease learning for 100,000 students who  will be enrolled in public schools across the state for the 2024/2025 academic session, noted that the six newly commissioned schools spread acrros the densely populated areas of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and environs,

According to the governor, this new schools was part of the the 52 school built in many parts of the state through a loan facility secured by the Borno State Government from the World Bank and being implemented by the Adolescent  Girls Initiative For  Learning and Entrepreneurship ( AGILE ) project .  

He said the loan facility is expected to be paid back within a period of 25 years and a 5 year moratorium.

Zulum, who spoke at the elaborate occasion at the Government Day Secondary School- a school that had been operating at a temporary site since establishment in 1980, said his administration is leaving no stone unturned in its genuine quest to revamp the education sector.  

The governor stated that deliberate steps are being taken to provide access to  quality education for Borno children and also invest massively in training and retraining of teachers in the state .

Zulum said his administration is also considering the construction of befitting accommodation  for teachers in remote areas  close to locations of the  new schools .

He said. “When we took over the mantle of leadership as Government of Borno state,, we decided to provide access to ensure children’s enrollment in schools. Boko Haram insurgency has created a severe gap in that direction. So, AGILE was meant to breach the education gap, especially in girl-child education.

“I believe after I complete my tenure, the next Governor , if he wants to work, I think he will divert most of his attention to service delivery because I would have done so much in the construction of schools in Borno State.”

The governor explained that out of the 52 schoos being built  under the AGILE project, only five schools are yet to be constructed, revealing that the “state government will soon commence the construction to the five schools-  they are High Islamic Schools and would sited in five local government areas of Chibok, Marte , Gwoza, Bama and in Benishiek in Kaga local government area.

Zulum said: “What we’re looking for is to see how we shall intensify intensive literacy, intensive numeracy , digital literacy and above all technical and vocational education in these schools.”

The National Project Coodinator  of AGILE. Hajia Amina  Haruna  commended the state government for its giants strides at revamping the education sector saying that the state is one of the best out of the 18 AGILE implementating states . 

She stated  that the AGILE project is aimed  at ensuring enrolment,  retention,  and completion of secondary schools by adolescent girls through renovation of existing schools  infrastructure and also build new class rooms.  

Amina added ”  We are constructing separate functional WASH facilities – Water , Sanitation And Hygiene – Toilet for girls is all our secondary schools in the implementing states to make girls comfortable  . 

” AGILE in recognition of the nexus between poverty and education, especially in the rural communities,  have designed a financial incentives called the conditional  cash transfer for the poorest household to help our adolescent girls enroll , retain and complete secondary school education in all our 18 implementing states .” AGILE National Project Coordinator said .

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