By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Educational sector in Rigasa Community of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State is undergoing a positive transformation with the construction of over 100 state-of-the art classrooms to cater for more than 49,000 pupils in the area.
Daily News Precise investigation revealed that the schools are: UBE Primary School, Anguwan Shawai, LEA Lokoja Road Primary School and Mashim Gwari Primary School, all in Igabi LGA.
Special Assistant to the State Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Mr. Adamu Hayatu, while fielding questions from the team of Journalists who are on tour of projects embarked by the State Government said the project is a continuation of the State Emergency Programme for sustainable development in the education sector.
According to him, when the Governor launched the emergency programme more than 45,000 pupils went back to the classroom which stretched the facilities already on ground resulting to high number of pupils in a classroom and most of them sitting on the floor.
At the UBE Primary School, Anguwan Shawai, the Head Teacher, Yahuza Yaro said that the project will go a long way in accommodating the over 21,000 pupils of the school.
“Due to inadequate structures, we are presently using make-shift classrooms. We thank the Government for the intervention. The Governor was here to flagg-off the project and promised to add more classrooms,” he said
The new buildings are a storey structures in all the schools visited, with at least 10 classrooms on each floor, and 15 on each floor of some, complete with conveniences, staff rooms and stores.
Some of the pupils who could not hold their excitement on sighting the Journalists said they are happy that very soon they will be moving from their make-shift classrooms to a more conducive atmosphere of learning.
Residents within the vicinities expressed their delight over the construction of the classrooms. According to Mr. Abubakar Musa, when the make-shift classrooms were constructed, the parents were excited and they sent back their children to school as learning was brought closer to them. With the construction of the modern classrooms, the Rigasa Community was overwhelmed and could not say anything but for God to bless Governor El-Rufai.
Rigasa Community in Igabi LGA is said to have a population of over 3 million people and the largest ward in the whole country, but has been neglected over the years before the coming of Governor El-Rufai. The community today enjoys a dual carriage way from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Express Way to the Abuja/Kaduna Railway Station.
The area is also blessed with a renovated General Hospital which has modern facilities to cater for patients, courtesy of Governor El-Rufai.