Kaduna to relocate 359 colleges over banditry

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State, on Wednesday revealed that the state authorities had begun a transfer to relocate 359 colleges from terrorist-infested areas and merge them with different colleges in protected locations.

Governor Sani lamented the drop in enrolment of pupils into colleges throughout the state, linking it to the spate of insecurity, occasioned by kidnapping, banditry and different associated crimes, within the state.

The governor spoke whereas declaring open a one-day capacity-building programme organised by the Nigeria Police Power College Safety Squad in Kaduna.

He described as apt the theme of the programme: ‘Strengthening Safety Resilience and Integration of Host Communities within the Safety of Training.’

“Incidents just like the kidnapping of 135 college students from the LEA Major and Junior Secondary College, Kuriga, Chikun Native Authorities tragically illustrates the devastating affect of insecurity on training entry and security.

“To make sure that the training of our kids in conflict-prone and terrorists-infested areas shouldn’t be interrupted, we’ve got commenced the merging of 359 colleges with these in protected areas,” the governor stated.

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Sani lamented what he described because the alarming drop at school enrolment fee within the state attributable to insecurity.

He stated: “Kaduna State is among the states that has been waging a sustained battle in opposition to banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and different types of criminality.

“These non-state actors have disrupted socio-economic actions within the affected communities and are threatening our instructional revitalization programme.

“Kaduna State’s instructional system is going through a disaster of declining enrolment, with over 200,000 fewer main college pupils recorded within the 2022/2023 tutorial session in comparison with the earlier yr.

“This dramatic drop (from 2,111,969 in 2021/2022 to 1,734,704 in 2022/2023) is essentially attributed to insecurity.

“In a number of native authorities areas, notably Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru, Giwa, and Igabi, insecurity has pressured college consolidation, additional pushing up the variety of out-of-school youngsters.”

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