By Amina Yahaya
Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State has directed the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to with immediate effect construct classrooms at a primary school in Nasarawa village in Alkaleri Local Government Area.
The Governor gave the directive when he stopped his convoy at the school where he met about 300 pupils taking lessons in an open space. While some of the pupils were receiving lessons under the surrounding trees, others were taking their lessons in makeshift structures.
The Governor expressed concern over the conditions of the public schools in the state.
He said the directive became necessary in order to ensure provision of qualitative education to pupils.
The Governor added that inadequate public schools and infrastructure across the state are part of the reasons the state is having the highest number of out of school children in the country.
He therefore appealed to development partners and donor agencies to support his administration’s determination to restore the lost glory of the education sector in the state.
On his part, the Village Head of Nasarawa, Mallam Muhammad Shehu told the governor that the allowance of the school teachers is being paid by members of the community.
Similarly, the governor paid an unscheduled visit to a bridge construction and road rehabilitation in Gwaram.
The Governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of work and suggested for an improvement in some areas in order to add value to the project.
Responding, the Site Engineer, Mr Charles Patrick said about 95% of the project has been completed.