Safe School Initiative Records Success in Adamawa, Yet to Take Off in Yobe

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The Safe School Initiative has recorded some success in Adamawa with improvement in school enrolment in the state. About 800 students have so far been enrolled under the initiative since it was launched in the state in 2015, according to the State Secretary of the Initiative, Alhaji Bashir Tukur.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the initiative which was launched in 2014 by the Federal Government in collaboration with the United Nations, is aimed at protecting hundreds of schools that have been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in the North-East.

The programme seeks to build community security groups to promote safe zones for education, comprising teachers, parents, police and community leaders, among others. The objective of the Initiative is to among, others, secure the learning environment in order to encourage students and teachers who have been traumatised by the Boko Haram mayhem, to return to classes, and ultimately improve school enrolment.

Tukur said, however, that over 2,600 children were still waiting to be enrolled in the programme.He said the programme was jointly introduced by the federal government and the UN to assist children displaced by insurgency in the North-East to have access to education. According to him, children from eight local government areas in the state that were affected by insurgency were benefiting from the programme.

The secretary gave the names of the local governments as: Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South , Maiha, Ganye, Gombi and Hong. He said over 300 schools destroyed by insurgency in the state were included in the Programme for rehabilitation, but that most of them had yet to be rehabilitated. In Borno, however, the Initiative has been witnessing hitches since it was launched in October 2014.

Mr Aimo Foni, the member representing Chibok in the Borno House of Assembly, described the Initiative as a failure, saying no structure was erected in the state “even in Chibok where the Initiative was launched’’. In Yobe, however, the Initiative has yet to take off, according to the state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Lamin Mohammed. “Yobe Government had submitted its proposal with every detail of the recommendations but the Programme has yet to commence.

“Like the two other states of Borno and Adamawa, 800 students from Yobe were also transferred to other schools and sponsored by the Federal Government, but the Safe School Initiative proposed for the states, did not commence in Yobe,” Mohammed said.He, however, said that the government was working hard to rebuild schools destroyed by insurgents across the state. “The execution of the Initiative by the Federal Government would have reduced the pressure on the state government,” the commissioner said.