The Borno State government has said that 50 primary schools were burnt down by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in various parts of the state since they started their activities in the state.
The state Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Tijjani Abba-Ali who made this known in an interview with newsmen also confirmed the killing of five pupils and six primary school teachers in last Monday’s multiple attacks on public schools in Maiduguri, the state capital, adding that some suspected terrorists had raided some primary and secondary schools while students were sitting for the National Examination Council, NECO, killing some of them and their teachers.
A burnt house in Kizara village, in Zamfara state, on June 18, 2013 after a group of bandits attacked the village,
killing 48 people.
He said that government had adopted measures to prevent future occurrences of the attacks.
“It was really sad that the hoodlums successfully attacked the schools killing innocent souls.
“This heartless and unjustifiable killing will not be allowed to continue because it will have a negative impact on the education sector of the state,” Abba said.
He said that government had directed all the 27 Local Government Councils in the state to provide security for both students and teachers in schools.
Abba-Ali, who is also the chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board, BUBEB, pointed out that the government had spent about N140 million on the repairs of the 50 primary schools burnt down by the suspected terrorists in both Northern and Central Senatorial zones of the state, just as it had also initiated partnership with communities and other stakeholders towards safeguarding school structures against such attacks.
The Commissioner who presented the mid term scorecard of Governor Kashim Shettima’s administration, lamented that 10 schools were initially burnt, but added that the number increased when the reconstruction of the 10 schools commenced.