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Kaduna State to relocate 359 schools over insecurity

Kaduna State Governor expresses concern over declining enrollment linked to insecurity, announces plans to relocate schools from high-risk areas.

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The Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, voiced distress on Wednesday over the declining enrollment of pupils in schools across the state. He attributed this concerning trend to the escalating insecurity characterized by kidnapping, banditry, and related crimes.

Governor Sani revealed that the state government has initiated plans to relocate 359 schools from areas plagued by terrorism and merge them with institutions situated in safer locations. He made these remarks while inaugurating a one-day capacity-building event organized by the Nigeria Police Force School Protection Squad in Kaduna.

Expressing the gravity of the situation, Sani underscored the significance of the programme’s theme: ‘Strengthening Security Resilience and Integration of Host Communities in the Protection of Education.’

He stated, “Incidents like the kidnapping of 135 students from the LEA Primary and Junior Secondary School, Kuriga, Chikun Local Government tragically illustrates the devastating impact of insecurity on education access and safety.

“To ensure that the education of our children in conflict-prone and terrorists-infested areas is not interrupted, we have commenced the merging of 359 schools with those in safe locations,” the governor said.

Highlighting the dire circumstances, Sani lamented the alarming decrease in school enrollment rates due to insecurity in the state. He emphasized Kaduna State’s ongoing battle against banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, and other criminal activities, which have disrupted socio-economic activities and threatened educational programs.

Sani added, “Kaduna State’s educational system is facing a crisis of declining enrollment, with over 200,000 fewer primary school pupils recorded in the 2022/2023 academic session compared to the previous year. This dramatic drop is largely attributed to insecurity.”

Commending the proactive efforts of the Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, in establishing the Schools Protection Squad, Sani reiterated the importance of enhancing security and safety in educational institutions nationwide.

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