We Didn’t Close Any School Due To Insecurity – el-Rufai

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Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai speaking during the swearing-in of NYSC 2019 Batch A corps members at the permanent orientation camp on March 29, 2019.

By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria

Kaduna  State  Government has  said that it has   not  closed  down any school  in the  state  due  to insecurity,  but  shifted  some  students  to  neighboring  schools  to continue with  their  studies  until  the  security  situation  improves  in those  areas.

Education Commissioner, Dr.  Shehu  Usman Mohammed  stated  this  at the  27th  and 28th  Annual  General  Meeting (AGM)  of   Zaria  Education  Development  Association (ZEDA)  held  at  its   secretariat in Zaria on Saturday.

The  commissioner  who  represented Governor  Nasir  el-Rufai said  that due  to the   CoronaVirus  pandemic, implementation  of  education   suffered  and  it affected  the  running of  schools   last  year.

He  announced  the  establishment of  a school for talented  students  who excel  at the primary  school level  in-order  to  mentor  them  as  future  assets  for the  state.

Governor  el-Rufai  said  they  will  join hands  with  ZEDA in   scouting   the  talents  from   primary  schools and  assured them that  there  will be  collaboration between the  state  and  ZEDA .

In  his  remarks, the  Special  Guest of  Honour,  Director  General NIMASA, Dr.  Bashir  Yusuf  Jamoh  promised  to  give 10  scholarships  to  deserving  youth  between  ages 18 to 25  with the  minimum requirement  to study at degree  level.

In his  speech, the  grand patron of ZEDA, His Royal   Highness, the  Emir of  Zazzau, Alh.  Ahmed  Nuhu Bamalli  expressed  appreciation  with the  infrastructural  development  at the ZEDA secretariat.

Emir  Bamalli  said the  serious  challenges  and  problems  the  association   is  now  facing  is execution  of  programmes  and  projects  such as the  remedial  programme, vocation training, as well as the  indigent     scholarship  scheme.

He said the  issue  of  funding  which is the  bedrock of  all the  activities  and  programmes  will be solved through  getting  local  and  international  funding.

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