Nigerian government urged to partner with states over abandoned schools

Temitope Mustapha, Lokoja

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The Nigerian government has been urged to collaborate with state governments to rescue abandoned (Education Trust Fund sponsored) Model Primary Schools across the nation.

An advocacy and inspection team set up by the Universal Basic Education Commission to Kogi state made the appeal in Lokoja, the state capital during an assessment of federal government sponsored Almajiri and Model Day Primary School in the state.

Assessing the project, the Leader of the team and the former UBEC National coordinator of Almajiri program, Professor Mohammed Mustapha Jagaban appealed to both the federal and Kogi state government to carry out ‘major work’ so as to put the school into use.

He explained that the abandoned project was initially sponsored by the Education Trust Fund which is now Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

According to Prof. Jagaban, “We are here to assess the project, so that if the work is completed, we would advise state government to put it into operation. 

“This project appears to be abandoned and the work has some defects, if the project is to be continued then the government has to look into what needs to be done” he added.

“We will appeal that whatsoever both the state and federal government can do to complete this project, should be done so that we do not loose the advantage for this location in Kogi state. We will appreciate if the federal government and state government can do some collaboration and do some main work, so that the place can be put to use instead of been left like that,” Prof Jagaban said.

VON Reporter on the inspection team observed that the school is in a despicable state located in an isolated area with no access road which could be a major hide out for  criminal activities.

Other members of the Inspection team are Former UBEC Director; Mallam Jibo Abdullahi, Director of Special duties; Mallam Usman Kaoje Ubec and Mr Ossom Ossom who heads the UBEC Media department.

Omolayo.A