MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Government has recruited 3,000 qualified teachers that will be deployed to various schools in the state to boost the education sector before the end of the year.
This was announced by the state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday during the commission of five primary and secondary schools rehabilitated and constructed by the State Education Trust Fund, created by his administration.
Over 5,000 primary, secondary and tertiary school buildings were destroyed by Boko Haram in different parts of the state since 2009.
The Borno Government since 2019, constructed dozens of mega-sized secondary schools, new primary schools and rehabilitated many, which are being commissioned in phases.
At the latest, schools located at Mashamari, Customs, Maimalari Barracks, Arabic Teachers College and Goni Damgari schools within Maiduguri and Jere Local Government Areas were commissioned by the Governor to meet the educational needs of growing population in the state capital due to influx of Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) from over 20 Local Government Areas of the state.
“These projects made up of newly constructed classes and the remodeled ones are all situated within the metropolis which is home to a large percentage of our IDPs, thereby, providing them with opportunities to ensure their wards attend schools.
“We believe that education remains the bedrock for the development of any society. It is for same reason that the bulk of this year’s budget is allocated to the education sector,” he said.
Zulum informed that the Trust Fund is providing instructional materials and equipment, academic staff training and development as well as facilitating research and publications in schools and educational institutions across the state; even as he promised government’s determination to sustain aggressive drive on education and maintenance of school facilities.
In her welcome address, Chairperson of the Fund, Professor Hauwa Biu, expressed gratitude to Governor Zulum, for giving her team opportunity to serve the state, and assured of her team’s sustained commitments toward enhancing the quality of education in the state.
Also, Executive Secretary, Borno State Education Trust Fund, Maina Yaumi, highlighted the activities of the fund in the last one year to include: rehabilitation, development and consolidation of education at all levels in the state with emphasis on the provision and maintenance of essential physical infrastructure for teaching and learning.