By CHRIS EKEKE
The Borno State government yesterday said it has commenced the construction of model primary and secondary schools for the education of children orphaned by Boko Haram terrorists in the state.
This is even as the government said that it has acquired so many private and public properties in the state which includes the former Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) quarters as well as the NITEL building in the state.
The Borno State commissioner of Education, Mr Inuwa Kubo who disclosed this to journalists in Maiduguri added that the state government has rebuilt over 5,000 classroom destroyed by Boko Haram and also established more orphans schools in Bama, Gwoza and Abadam local government areas to educate the over 56,000 children orphaned by insurgency in the state.
He said prior to the crises of Boko Haram, Borno State was considered backward, adding that, this was as a result of negligence by past administrations in the state.
Speaking on the achievements of his ministry, the commissioner said, “in 2014, activities of the Boko Haram led to the closure of all schools in Borno and internally displaced persons, IDPs had to take over our schools between 2014 and 2016.
“Today, we have relocated our IDPs to other locations. It is a thing of joy to also tell the world that all our schools are back in session, except for communities that are still in danger zone. However we have relocated all the schools to safer areas for now because of uncertainty.
“State government has embarked on reconstruction of all schools destroyed by Boko Haram in areas that have been liberated and has created more classrooms where congestion has taken toll on learning for pupils and students. We have embarked on construction of boarding schools for all orphans left by Boko Haram. We mean particularly those that lost their parents and have no relations to take care of them.”