The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday said public schools closed down in the state at the peak of Boko Haram attacks about five months ago would soon be reopened.

While the public schools have remained shut for the period of time that the insurgents’ attacks heightened, private schools in the state have been in session and this had drawn much attention to the public schools shut down in the state.

Most public schools in the state were shut down after the abduction of the over 200 female students of  Government Secondary School, Chibok, in the state on April 14.

Most of the girls are still in the captivity of the Boko Haram sect since then, just as some of the girls had escaped.
Speaking at the award of scholarship to 20 female students to study medicine at the Khartoum College of Medicine, Shettima, who said he was passionate about seeing the schools reopened, was however silent about the date of resumption.

The governor also promised to introduce a programme where students in primary schools in the state would be given a meal at school to encourage enrolment.

To further motivate parents to send their children and wards to school, Shettima said parents would be given stipends to encourage them to send their children to school.

Shettima said: “Indigent parents will be paid some stipends to send their children to school; this is what we can do to encourage our people especially in northern part of the state to send their children to school. Many of our people are poor at the hinterland.”

On the scholarship to the female students, he said government was investing heavily on the programme because of his sensitivity to gender empowerment.

“This is another milestone in our history. I am very passionate about gender empowerment. If we must develop as a state, we must take education of our daughters seriously because if you educate a woman, you  have empowered the entire nation,” the governor added.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Mahmud Lawan, said the state spends N65 million per annum on 50 female students who were sent on scholarship to the College of Medicine, Khartoum.
It was gathered that the state government would spend $10,700 dollars on each of the 20 female students annually.

Courtesy: This Day

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