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 Some stakeholders in the education sector in the North East have called for more private sector investment in the sector to address the dearth of school infrastructure in the region The stakeholders comprising educationists teachers parents and government officials spoke while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on school infrastructure in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola They said education is a critical sector that contributes to human capital development and sustainable future for the country which must not be overlooked The stakeholders called on the private sector to invest more in basic education through scholarships construction and rehabilitation of schools across the region They said the call was imperative to address infrastructure gaps caused by the wide scale vandalisation of schools ocassioned by decade long Boko Haram insurgency in the region Mr Iliyasu Musa a Bauchi based educationists said that most of the schools in the region lack classrooms offices laboratories and toilet facilities due to ravaging activities of the insurgents and vandals He said the dilapidated infrastructure in basic and post basic schools militated against effective delivery of quality education The academic don said that private sector investment would compliment government efforts towards the improvement of school infrastructure across the region The Federal Government in collaboration with states and development partners initiated viable school infrastructure development projects across the region Encouraging private sector investment in education will address school infrastructure deficit in the region he said To address the infrastructure gaps the Borno government has constructed 105 schools across the 20 local government areas of the state according to Mustapha Bukar Director School Management Ministry of Education He said that 45 Mega schools were designated out of the 105 newly constructed schools to cater for the children orphaned by Boko Haram insurgency While 65 others were established to decongest classrooms create enabling teaching and learning environment Newly constructed classroom blocks in Bauchi Additionally the Bauchi State Universal Education Board BASUBEB has distributed 10 000 units of funiture to basic and post basic schools under the 2019 intervention Mohammed Abdullahi Spokesman of the Board said some 790 units of magnetic white board and 489 recycling bins had been distributed to the schools to promote hygiene and sanitation Alhaji Musa Garba an official of the Parent Teachers Association PTA in the state expressed delight over the school infrastructure development projects He said the construction of new classrooms and rehabilitation of existing ones in most schools across the state would enhance access to quality education and commended the state government for the feat achieved Garba urged corporate organisations and individuals to compliment the gesture by investing in school infrastructure development In Yobe the state government says it has constructed 200 classroom blocks in its bid to provide conducive learning environment in schools across the state Some seven model primary and post basic schools had been established in major towns to decongest students population Classroom blocks in Gombe According to him the commission is constructing classroom blocks in schools across the 11 LGAs to augument efforts towards providing quality school infrastructure He said some 124 accommodation had been provided across 20 schools in the state NEDC has identified one school in each of the 11 LGAs to provide them with furniture school bags and writing materials It will also construct staff quarters in 20 boarding schools including GSS Gombe GGC Doma and GGS Kaltungo he said On his part Mr Khalifa Lawal Executive Secretary Education Endowments Fund EEF of the commission said that part of the mandate of the fund was to execute viable projects to address school infrastructure gaps in the region He said the Commission is current executing a number of classroom projects and provided instructional materials to schools in the region A NAN check in Dutse the Jigawa capital indicated that most of the schools in the area are in good condition Some of the schools visited included Jaudi Gadadun 744 Mobile Base Yadi Baure Madobi Takur Site Fagoji Galamawa Danmasara and Sakwaya NAN reports most of the schools were renovated new classrooms constructed and equipped with furniture Wasilu Umar Public Relations Officer in the state Ministry of Education said the state government has establised additional primary and junior secondary schools to decongest the existing ones He said the schools were also constructed to ensure conducive learning environment adding that 80 per cent of the schools in the state had been equipped with furniture However some parents have urged the wealthy individuals and corporate organisations to construct additional classrooms to decongest schools across the state Mr Abdulwahab Seed a parent said that the schools are in good condition the only problem is congestion Private sector involvement in the provision of more classrooms will help a lot The school where my children attend have challenge of congestion with about 70 children per class He said that private sector involvement would go a long to raise standard of education in the region NAN
N/East stakeholders advocate private sector investment in education

Some stakeholders in the education sector in the North-East have called for more private sector investment in the sector to address the dearth of school infrastructure in the region.

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The stakeholders, comprising educationists, teachers, parents and government officials spoke while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on school infrastructure in Bauchi, Damaturu, Dutse, Gombe, Maiduguri and Yola.

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They said education is a critical sector that contributes to human capital development and sustainable future for the country which must not be overlooked.

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The stakeholders called on the private sector to invest more in basic education through scholarships, construction and rehabilitation of schools across the region.

Boko Haram

They said the call was imperative to address infrastructure gaps caused by the wide scale vandalisation of schools  ocassioned by decade-long Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

Iliyasu Musa

Mr Iliyasu Musa, a Bauchi-based educationists, said that most of the schools in the region lack classrooms, offices, laboratories and toilet facilities due to ravaging activities of the insurgents and vandals.

He said the dilapidated infrastructure in basic and post basic schools militated against effective delivery of quality education.

The academic don said that private sector investment would compliment government efforts towards the improvement of school infrastructure across the region.

Federal Government

“The Federal Government in collaboration with states and development partners initiated viable school infrastructure development projects across the region.

“Encouraging private sector investment in education will address school infrastructure deficit in the region,” he said.

Mustapha Bukar

To address the infrastructure gaps, the Borno government has constructed 105 schools across the 20 local government areas of the state, according to Mustapha Bukar, Director, School Management, Ministry of Education.

Boko Haram

He said that 45 Mega schools were designated out of the 105 newly constructed schools to cater for the children orphaned by Boko Haram insurgency.

While 65 others were established to decongest classrooms, create enabling teaching and learning environment.

Newly constructed classroom blocks in Bauchi

Bauchi State Universal Education Board

Additionally, the Bauchi State Universal Education Board (BASUBEB), has distributed 10,000 units of funiture to basic and post basic schools under the 2019 intervention.

Mohammed Abdullahi

Mohammed Abdullahi, Spokesman of the Board, said some 790 units of magnetic white board and 489 recycling bins had been distributed to the schools to promote hygiene and sanitation.

Musa Garba

Alhaji Musa Garba, an official of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in the state, expressed delight over the school infrastructure development projects.

He said the construction of new classrooms and rehabilitation of existing ones in most schools across the state would enhance access to quality education, and commended the state government for the feat achieved.

Garba urged corporate organisations and individuals to compliment the gesture by investing in school infrastructure development.

In Yobe; the state government says it has constructed 200 classroom blocks in its bid to provide conducive learning environment in schools across the state.

Some seven model primary and post basic schools had been established in major towns to decongest students’ population.

Classroom blocks in Gombe

According to him, the commission is constructing classroom blocks in schools across the 11 LGAs, to augument efforts towards providing quality school infrastructure.

He said some 124 accommodation had been provided across 20 schools in the state.

NEDC has identified one school in each of the 11 LGAs to provide them with furniture, school bags and writing materials.

“It will also construct staff quarters in 20 boarding schools including GSS Gombe, GGC Doma and GGS Kaltungo,” he said.

Khalifa Lawal

On his part, Mr Khalifa Lawal, Executive Secretary Education Endowments Fund (EEF) of the commission, said that part of the mandate of the fund was to execute viable projects to address school infrastructure gaps in the region.

He said the Commission is current executing a number of classroom projects and provided instructional materials to schools in the region.

A NAN check in Dutse, the Jigawa capital, indicated that most of the schools in the area are in good condition.

Mobile Base

Some of the schools visited included Jaudi, Gadadun, 744 Mobile Base, Yadi, Baure, Madobi, Takur Site, Fagoji, Galamawa, Danmasara and Sakwaya.

NAN reports most of the schools were renovated, new classrooms constructed and equipped with furniture.

Wasilu Umar

Wasilu Umar, Public Relations Officer in the state Ministry of Education, said the state government has establised additional primary and junior secondary schools to decongest the existing ones.

He said the schools were also constructed to ensure conducive learning environment, adding that 80 per cent of the schools in the state had been equipped with furniture.

However, some parents have urged the wealthy individuals and corporate organisations to construct additional classrooms to decongest schools across the state.

Abdulwahab Seed

Mr Abdulwahab Seed, a parent, said that, “the schools are in good condition, the only problem is congestion. Private sector involvement in the provision of more classrooms will help a lot.

“The school where my children attend have challenge of congestion with about 70 children per class,”

He said that private sector involvement would go a long to raise standard of education in the region. (

(NAN)

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