Borno Re-Opens Desserted Schools, To Re-absorb Displaced Children
AREWA AGENDA – The Borno State Government has adopted measures to re-open desserted schools and reabsorb thousands of the out of school children in communities that were previously displaced due to the Boko Haram insurgency in the State.
This was disclosed by state commissioner of Education, Hon. Bello Ayuba in Maiduguri, while speaking on the state of the Chibok Girls Secondary School, where over 276 female students were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists in 2014.
The development is coming on the heels of relative peace in some of the communities where houses and infrastructures including schools were earlier destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists.
With specific reference to the Chibok Community, the Hon. Commissioner said: “We will soon relocate the students from the Chibok Central Primary School back to the permanent site. We are holding discussions with the Army who are keeping watch over the school, after which we will pass resolution to Governor Zulum for the reopening of the school.
Speaking further, Hon Ayuba said, “To tackle the thousands of out-of-school children in the state, we are trying to be proactive because of the number of children that has been forced out of school by the Boko Haram insurgency. In areas that are relatively peaceful, we make sure that schools are reopened.”
He further expained that that there were no primary or secondary schools in Gwoza, Damboa and Chibok during the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency but all schools are now reopened and ready to return children back to school.
Among the schools that have now been reopened are Government Day Secondary School Gwoza, Government Science School Gwoza, Government Girls Technical School Damboa and Government Secondary School Damboa which were earlier relocated to the state capital.
The commissioner announced that government has concluded plans to relocate all the schools from northern Borno that were taken to Maiduguri during the resurgence of attacks back to northern Borno.
He pointed out that Monguno town for instance, which is central to some neighbouring local government areas, schools are being reopned there to accommodate thousands of students and pupils from the neighbouring local government areas of Kukawa, Marte, Nganzai and Malam Fatori.
Also In Damboa, following, the relative peace there, ” we have made all necessary efforts to see that the schools there are reopened . Not only that , you know population is not on our side. Population is increasing day by day.” He said
The Commissioner assured that Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is taking proactive approach to return out-of- school children back to school, especially through construction of new schools to meet up with increasing population.