Kaduna to relocate 359 colleges over banditry

The Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, on Wednesday, lamented the drop in enrolment of pupils into colleges throughout the state.

Sani, who expressed concern over the event, linked it to the spate of insecurity, occasioned by kidnapping, banditry and different associated crimes, within the state.

He disclosed that the federal government had begun a transfer to relocate 359 colleges from terrorist-infested areas and merge them with different colleges in protected locations.

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

Sani 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 Main and Junior Secondary College, Kuriga, Chikun Native Authorities tragically illustrates the devastating influence of insecurity on schooling entry and security.

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

Sani lamented what he described because the alarming drop in class enrolment price within the state on account of insecurity.

Sani stated, “Kaduna State is without doubt one of 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 academic revitalization programme.

 “Kaduna State’s academic system is dealing with a disaster of declining enrolment, with over 200,000 fewer major faculty pupils recorded within the 2022/2023 educational 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, significantly Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru, Giwa, and Igabi,  insecurity has compelled faculty consolidation, additional pushing up the variety of out-of-school youngsters.”

The governor recommended the Inspector Normal of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, for establishing the Faculties Safety Squad, a proactive initiative aimed toward enhancing safety and security in academic establishments throughout Nigeria.

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