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Former Senator, representing Kaduna Central constituency at the National Assembly,Shehu Sani has accused Nigerian leaders who benefited from public school for failing to give back to the society.

Senator Shehu who raised the concern on the state of public schools across the country, especially in the Northern part of the country,saying the schools are in the state of comatose,urging those beneficiaries in the position of authorities to urgently intervene before it’s total collapse.

Sani stated this during the 40th anniversary and Reunion of ’1984’ set of Kagara Old Boys Association, an association of old students of Government Science College, Kagara, in Rafi Local council of Niger State,held at Ahmadu Bahago Secondary school, Minna, Saturday.

Sani, who said the meeting was to allow the old boys share memories and brainstorm on how to see to reopening of the school, said security challenges would be completely addressed if government shows the desired commitment.

GSS Kagara has been shut down since the invasion of the school by bandits in 2021. Some students were abducted during the incident.

“The security challenges would be over in the whole country because what we have now is better than the one we had during the Buhari administration, adding that there are every evidence that many of the top terrorists have been eliminated by our security forces. And if you compare what we are having today to what we have had yesterday, it is still the best.”Sani noted.

“Under Buhari administration, we had aeries of attacks on schools including attacks on Green Field University, Kaduna, Bathel Batist school, Kaduna, Government Science College, Kagara, Federal Government Girls’ College, Yauri, Federal School of agricultural Mechanisation, Mando, Government Secondary school, Kankara, Government Secondary school, Jangibe, all under Buhari administration. So, we are hopeful that things would be better”, he said.

Sani said while he supported the temporary relocation of Government Science College, Kagara, as suggested by the Niger State Government, the school should be moved back to Kagara as soon as the security situation in the area improves.

“It is unfortunate that the schools that produced some of the best hands in the history of this country is today the ruins of what they used to be. We must tell ourselves the fundamental truth that as long as we don’t provide education for our own young ones, we would be creating a force that we would not be able to contain in future.

“Northern Nigeria must take education seriously; we lag behind in education; we have the highest number of out of school children today. The activities of bandits and terrorists have destroyed the education fabrics and basis of northern Nigeria.

“The school we used to call our own has been deserted because bandits have once attacked the school and took hostage of students and some teachers,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Association, Ja’afar Tukur, a Deputy Controller of Customs, represented by the Treasurer of the ’84’ set of the association, Dr. Philip Audu Ibrahim, said the old students were not happy with deplorable state of the College, calling on the federal and state governments to jointly address banditry and insurgency.

“No any sane person will be happy with the current state of Government Science College, Kagara. It’s an issue of insurgency. You know that Kagara forms boundary between Kaduna, Katsina and it is the route through which bandits come into Niger State. And we are not happy with the condition of that school.”

“For the past 10 years, we have been responsible for infrastructure of that school a group of old boys but what is happening in Kagara today is beyond us as old students. The state and federal governments should take decisive action to address the issue of banditry and insurgency in that location,” he said.

Government Science College, Kagara has been shut and converted to military camp since 2021 following the attack and kidnapping of students and teachers by bandits the same year.



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