Kaduna State Confronts Insecurity by Relocating 359 Schools to Safer Grounds

In a decisive response to the escalating insecurity in Kaduna State, Governor Senator Uba Sani has announced a significant relocation plan for 359 schools. This strategic move aims to protect the state’s educational institutions from the pervasive threat of banditry and terrorism.

The decision follows the harrowing mass abduction on March 7, where over 250 pupils were taken from LEA Primary School, Kuriga. Fortunately, a subsequent military operation resulted in the release of 167 students two weeks later. However, the incident has cast a long shadow over the safety of schools in the region.

Governor Sani, represented by his Chief of Staff, Sani Kila, revealed these plans during a stakeholders’ forum and training session for the newly established Schools’ Protection Squad. This initiative is in line with the federal government’s Safe School Initiative, which seeks to enhance security measures around educational facilities.

The governor expressed deep concern over the significant drop in school enrollment, which saw a decrease of over 200,000 primary school pupils during the 2022/2023 academic session compared to the previous year. He attributed this alarming trend primarily to the insecurity in areas such as Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru, Giwa, and Igabi, which has led to the consolidation of schools and an increase in the number of out-of-school children.

“To ensure uninterrupted education for children residing in conflict-prone and terrorist-infested areas, this administration has commenced the merging of 359 schools with those situated in safer locations,” Governor Sani stated.

The governor’s office emphasized that the educational sector’s safeguarding is paramount and that the state cannot afford to let its path towards sustainable development be derailed by the threats posed by non-state actors.

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The Kaduna State government’s proactive approach has been welcomed by many, as it promises to provide a more secure learning environment for the state’s future generations.

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