Borno begins renovation of schools

The Borno State government has started the rehabilitation of boarding schools, which have housed internally displaced persons in the state over the last two years.

According to the government, which has approved N86m for the renovation of eight schools that have been home to IDPs in Maiduguri, the renovation work on the schools is expected to be completed in two weeks.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Hon. Inuwa Kubo, who visited some of the schools in Maiduguri, said the schools should be ready for classes by the second week of September.

Kubo said Governor Kashim Shettima was keen to reopen boarding schools across the state “so that normal academic activities can resume in our boarding schools”.

He said, “I have visited most of the schools and found out that the facilities are in deplorable condition after the over two years of occupation by IDPs, but we are making arrangements to fix all the boarding schools and reopen by second week of September .

“We have since relocated all the IDPs who had occupied and vandalise our facilities to a proper camp so that we can access and effect immediate repairs in boarding schools across the state.

“But due to security situation in four newly liberated  local government areas  – Abadam, Mobar, Marte and Ngala,  we are not going to reopen our boarding schools yet in those areas but alternative arrangements  have been made to ensure that affected students continue their education here in Maiduguri,” Kubo said.

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