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Boko Haram: Borno state to reopen public schools


The Borno State Government has put plans in place to reopen public schools in the capital, Maiduguri, closed for classes over a year ago as a result of Boko Haram insurgency.

To this effect, State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has constituted a 13-man committee to work out the modalities for reopening the schools which are currently accommodating internally displaced persons (IDPs) from all parts of the state.

Though Maiduguri, the state capital, was never captured by the insurgents, many primary and secondary schools in the town became home to thousands of IDPs, making it difficult for classes to hold.

There have been agitations for the reopening of the schools for sometime now, with the state government always having to promise to get students back to schools without any concrete action.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, at the weekend, the state government said the committee had been given three weeks within which to submit its report to the government, after which an action would be taken on the reopening of the schools.

The committee is expected to take into consideration those schools currently accommodating IDPs as well as evaluate how best the internally displaced students/pupils at the camps and those staying with relatives in the host communities could appropriately be distributed to the existing public schools in the state capital.

It is also expected to make recommendations on how the State Universal Basic Education Board should post relevant teaching staff to secondary and primary schools in view of the existing conditions.

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The committee will be chaired by Alhaji Gambo Gubio and has as members other notable personalities in the state including: Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio, Alhaji Haruna Idrisa Timta, Alhaji Musa Inuwa Kubo, Alhaji Abubakar Musa, Alhaji Lawan Shettima Benisheikh, Mohammed Kauji, among others.

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