Yobe rehabilitates 300 classrooms
The Yobe Government says it has rehabilitated over 300 classrooms and provided infrastructure in schools destroyed by insurgents across the state “to avoid gaps in the system.”
Director of Press to the state governor, Mr. Abdullahi Bego, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damatur, said that the state government has made education and healthcare a priority that would receive major intervention in the next four years.
“About 3,000 teachers have been recruited and posted to schools across the state to boost manpower requirement to improve the standard of education in the state. The state government has also committed enormous resources in rehabilitation and provision of instructional materials to primary and secondary schools to ensure that communities, whose schools were destroyed by insurgents get back to school.
“Similarly, government has provided resources to the tertiary institutions to ensure full accreditation of their courses, and I am glad to say that 98 per cent of courses offered by the state-owned university have been fully accredited and recognised,” he said.
He said the College of Education, Gashua, had received similar support and had produced over 1, 000 National Certificate in Education (NCE) and 100 degree holders, fully qualified for teaching in schools.
“The state government had diligently absorbed 15, 000 university, HND, OND and NCE graduates under the Youth Empowerment Programme, while unskilled youths were trained in various trades and settled with working tools and take-off grants after graduation for self reliance.
“The Governor Gaidam-led administration achieved all these, including prompt payment of salaries through financial prudence and, without seeking bank loans at a time when many states could not even pay salaries,” the director said.
He also said that the state government had completed the construction of a 200-bed capacity ultra modern hospital in Damaturu to serve as a referral hospital that was being provided with state-of-the-art equipment.