Nasarawa State Government Spends 1.4 bn On Renovation Of Schools
The Nasarawa state government has spent a whooping sum of N1.4bn on renovation of schools across the three senatorial zones of the state.
According to LEADERSHIP The state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Tijjani Aliyu, disclosed this in his office in Lafia, the state capital. He said that the government also undertook the fencing of some schools, to ensure the security of lives and provide conducive teaching and learning environment for both students and staff. “You see what we agreed to do is for the government to renovate all the secondary schools in the state, but time will not permit us to do that, we divided the schools into three, that is phase 1, 2 and 3.
“The phase one is what we are doing now and then we have phase two which we are yet to attend to. But how ever, I am sure that records are there, by the time the next administration comes on board, they will look at it and then continue from where we stopped. “We are spending about one point four billion naira (N1.4bn) for the renovations and if we are to complete from number one to the last, we need not less than N2.5 to N3 billion to carry out renovations.
“Why we did so was because these schools have been there for many years and they were not given any facelift. And you know when you allow things to detoriate of course you know the level of repairs will be high. I think that is the cause of the problems,” he said. According to him, government was able to identify those schools that were very critical to renovate in the first place. He said in the western zone, (known as Keffi zone), they make sure that in all the five local government areas they were able to work on four local governments.
“It is only in Toto local government that we were not able to do that, because as at the time we were doing the assessment, there was crisis. So our technical officers were not able to go there” he said. Schools renovated in Nasarawa west senatorial zone include: Technical College, Government Science Secondary School and Government day secondary School, all in Nasarawa. Others are Government Secondary School, near Gidan Kwano , GSS Mararaba, Udeni, GSS Loko, GSS Laminga; and In Keffi, GSS Kofar Hausa, GSS Yelwa and Pivota Teachers College Yelwa, were both renovated. The state government also renovated Government Science Secondary School Karu, then GSS also in Karu, where the two were completed because, it was abandoned. The commissioner added that renovation works were also carried out at GSS boarding and GSS day Uke.
He further disclosed that Chevron, constructed class rooms in GSS Uke. “In Kokona too we have done a lot there. Yelwa Basa, Kokona, Agwada, GGSS Garaku, we have given a lot of facelift to most of the schools in that Local Government” he said. The commissioner said the area they are yet to work on holistically, is Akwanga and Wamba. However, he said they worked on the Sports Academy in Akwanga and renovated the two schools in Wamba. He noted that a lot has been done in Nasarawa Eggon Government Science Secondary School, Nassarawa Eggon was also fenced. “We resolved that in each council we are supposed to fence one school, more especially boarding school, so that we create security convenience for students and staff. “GSS Loko was fenced 100 percent and the job had been completed though we also fenced other schools like Command Secondary School Agwada. It was renovated by the government of Nasarawa state, including that one in Rinze.
“But the one in Rinze, is full fledged construction from the scratch, done by the state government and it was fenced. For Agwada, we carried out renovation of the former GSS Agwada, which was relocated to another different site. But that also has been fully completed and well fenced” he said. Schools renovated and fenced in Nasarawa South includes GGSS Keana and GSS Aloshi. Others are Government Secondary School Obi and Government College, also in Obi, were both fenced. Renovation and building of male and female hostels is ongoing in GSS Agwatashi, GSS Awe, Azara, Tunga, Kanje, GGSS Doma, GSS Doma North and GSS Iwashi.
Government Science School Lafia and schools in Lafia, were also renovated. Aliyu, disclosed that the state has no less than 400 secondary schools, apart from private schools owned by individuals. All the schools he said have 217,000 students and “we have almost 9000 teachers, with the 2140 that we have just engaged”.
According to him, the teaching profession is 50 percent of the total work force of the state. In addition to the renovation of secondary schools, the commissioner said the government had built three blocks of hostels for male and female in the state owned University. “At the College of Education, the governor had also built two hostels for male and female. Likewise, at the College of Agriculture Lafia and Nasarawa State Polytechnic, also in Lafia, all benefited from the gesture of His Excellency, including the fencing of College of Agriculture Lafia and the state Polytechnic, Lafia,” Tijjani said.
“I want to commend the efforts of His Excellency, the governor of Nasarawa state Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for giving the educational institutions the opportunity to get revived,” he said. The Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development in Nasarawa state, Hajiya Sa’adatu Yahaya, and a foremost educationnist in the state, Mr Shafa, both commended the governor for investing such a huge amount in the education sector.