Benue State Authorities yesterday revealed that over 200,000 college students and greater than 100,000 secondary college lecturers in public secondary faculties within the state have been compelled out of faculty resulting from Fulani herdsmen’s invasion.
Government Secretary, Benue State Instructing Service Board, Prof. Wilfred Uji, who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Makurdi defined that the rampaging herdsmen additionally destroyed over 20 out of the 64 authorities owned secondary faculties throughout the three senatorial districts within the state.
Prof. Uji stated the Board would wish over N1billion from the Federal Authorities as intervention for whole reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected faculties in addition to lecturers.
The TSB boss listed the communities the place authorities owned secondary faculties have been affected by the assaults to incorporate Agatu, Udei, Gbajimba, Torkula all in Guma Native Authorities Areas, in addition to Emblem, Ukum and Katsina-Ala Native Authorities Areas.
“At one occasion, the herdsmen wrote a letter to the principal of the Neighborhood Secondary College, Tongov in Katsina-Ala Native Authorities Space and the person died later.
“I can categorically inform you that the way forward for kids displaced by the assault is bleak, and it’ll take the state and different elements of northern Nigeria greater than 100 years to meet up with the remainder of the states within the nation educationally.
“The North accounts for over 80 p.c illiteracy charge within the nation resulting from insurgency and different unrest across the area. There are over 5 million college drop outs in northern Nigeria.
“There isn’t any future for our kids educationally. Pressing intervention is required to revive confidence within the system. We must always cease enjoying politics. Within the subsequent 100 years, we are going to nonetheless discover ourselves quarreling over the problem of training. The North is the one marginalising itself. The northerners, particularly the president, ought to get up and stabilise the tutorial system in that area.
“I urge the Federal Authorities to arrange secondary faculties fee just like the Nigeria College Fee, NUC, Common Fundamental Schooling Fee, UBEC, and Nationwide Board for Technical Schooling to control secondary faculties within the nation,” Uji stated.
Uji additional revealed that the wage invoice of the board had dropped from over N600 million to N500 million following the retirement of greater than 500 lecturers and loss of life of over 100.
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